Taxi drivers and minibus (they carry 16 people and are effectively large taxis) drivers are up in arms against proposed legislation to increase penalties for driving through red lights. That the legislation is under review is due to a series of accidents in the past 18 months in which many people have been killed or injured. One particularly nasty accident involved two minibuses, one of which had driven straight through a red light and duly hit another one, resulting in 20 casualties.
The current penalty for driving through a green light is 3 penalty points and a fine of 57 US dollars. The proposed increase would result in 5 penalty pints and a fine of 77 US dollars. (The government shelved its original plan to impose an 8 point penalty under pressure from taxi and minibus drivers.) A driver here receives a ban if he accumulates 15 points in a two-year period.
The fine for littering or spitting is around 200 US dollars.
Minibus and taxi drivers want hanging traffic lights, and flashing green lights before the amber light, to give drivers more time to stop. Why exactly they should be pressing for these measures is unclear to me, who drives the same roads as these people, and finds stopping time not to be an issue. And why should it be in a city where the urban speed limit of 50kmh (30mph) means that drivers that observe the speed limits can stop quite easily before the light changes to red?