The Chinese name for taxi used in Hong Kong, dik si , is a Cantonese transliteration of the English word "taxi".
The Urban Taxi that serve all areas of New Territories, Kowloon and Hong Kong Island is called “Red Taxi” because of their colour.
The taxi trade is regulated by the Government, as are the fare scales. Taxis need a license to operate in Hong Kong. There were 15,250 urban taxis in Hong Kong and as the Hong Kong Government stopped issuing licenses since 1986, the price of the existing licenses become more and more expensive.