In view of raising diesel costs, a fuel surcharge may be implemented on all passengers the next time they flag a taxi. This decision came as a result of rising number of complaints from taxi drivers who are finding it hard to cope with the rising costs of fuel. A surcharge will be decided by the government in consultation with the 6 major taxi companies, which will then allow the taxi drivers to collect a surcharge every time a passenger boards the taxi.

Ok, that was (almost) a spoof, but that’s what’s behind the minds of some people who are apparently compassionate with the taxi drivers. Wrote Mr Seah:

  • To help taxi drivers cope with rising fuel costs, the Government should allow them to impose a fuel surcharge similar to that charged by airlines whenever the price of jet fuel increases.
  • This method of price adjustment has also been used for electricity tariffs.
  • For a start, I suggest a fuel surcharge of $1 per taxi trip.
  • That would give taxi drivers an additional income of about $20 each shift, to help cover their additional fuel costs.

I’m not sure, what I find his statement somewhat… dubious? Disturbing? I don’t know. Why are we imposing a surcharge on EVERYTHING??? And why is he so anxious about raising surcharges again? He didn’t identify his vested interest, but I can’t help but suspect that:

  • he doesn’t take taxi often enough
  • he is a taxi driver
  • he is living on an ivory tower like the rest of the people on landed places with their own cars and public transport means taking flights from 1 continent to another

Sorry, I can’t help it when someone apparently has a vested interest and doesn’t declare it, but instead seem to represent the voice of the people. For the record, he doesn’t represent me.

Let cabbies impose fuel surcharge, like airlines

PETROL and diesel prices have gone up again, for the second time last month and the ninth time in the past 11 months, and are more than a quarter higher than at the beginning of this year.

Taxi drivers are the hardest hit. Their earnings are affected whenever there is an increase in the price of diesel as fuel cost is a major part of their operating expenses.

As taxi fares had been kept relatively constant over the years, irrespective of the price of diesel, the spike in diesel prices has greatly reduced taxi drivers’ income.

To help taxi drivers cope with rising fuel costs, the Government should allow them to impose a fuel surcharge similar to that charged by airlines whenever the price of jet fuel increases. This method of price adjustment has also been used for electricity tariffs.

For a start, I suggest a fuel surcharge of $1 per taxi trip. That would give taxi drivers an additional income of about $20 each shift, to help cover their additional fuel costs.

This fuel surcharge should be pegged to prevailing diesel prices and reviewed every two to three months, and adjustments made.

Seah Leong Khai

Article obtained from straitstimes.com online forums on 1st December 2007



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