Just realised that there’s more to what I wrote in my previous post! Sigh.

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When I first saw this chart, I thought it looked kinda weird that the revised fees are going by 20 cents instead of 10 cents. I thought it was a ploy to downplay the actual per 10 cents mileage. Then I realised. The meter is no longer going by increments of 10 cents; it is going by increments of 20 cents! This means that you potentially pay for up to 385m worth of mileage without using it (i.e. when the taxi stops and the meter jumps another 20 cents, it’s distance untravelled).

That aside, I realised something else. Peak hour surcharge is no longer a flat rate of $2.00. It is now 35% of metered fare, which is somewhat like midnight charge in the day! And this was not even reported in the news in words! The papers just happily used this diagram for everyone else to figure out!

And oh well, they did away with the staggered late-night surcharge and resumed the 50% of metered fare from 12:00 midnight till 5:59am in the morning. I think the above chart makes a good print out to put in your wallet, so just click on it and there’ll be a pop-out that you can easily print out.

I wonder when the companies will start increasing the rental for the taxi drivers. I heard they reported another 2 figure increase in profits this year. Let’s all help them to push it to 3 figures. After all, when the taxi companies do well, they improve the economy and hence all Singaporeans benefit. Really.



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