Apparently, taxi drivers are earning the big bucks now. Since the fare hike in December, taxi drivers are raking in daily earnings of $318. It was not mentioned if that’s before paying for rental, but I’d presume so. Assuming a typical rental rate of about $96, a full diesel tank of about $40 and miscellaneous stuffs at $12, that’s about $148 off for expenses, which means the daily earnings is about $170. If the taxi driver works for 31 days in a month, his earnings is about S$5270. If his rental is only S$70 per day, we are looking at S$6076 per month! That’s a lot of money! And it’s nett earnings! (Ed: Do taxi drivers pay for their own CPF?)

Gosh! What I am doing in school?! Shouldn’t I be out there earning my $5k per month? By the way, I wonder if the tax man did his homework? We are looking at a potential annual income of about S$60,000. Are the taxi driers declaring their taxes correctly?

Or wait! Was there something wrong with the report or did someone sabo our minister?

THE recent taxi fare hike may have just put a lid on a cab crunch which was threatening to boil over.

If preliminary findings are anything to go by, Transport Minister Raymond Lim said the fare revision last month was ‘effective’ in meeting the increasing demand of taxis in the Central Business District (CBD).

Based on figures taken four weeks after the Dec 18 fare hike, Mr Lim said waiting times in the city area during peak hours have ‘gone down substantially’.

Mr Lim revealed that commuters in the city only have to wait for up to 6 minutes for a cab, significantly less than the 5 to 22 minutes before the fare hike.

Waiting times at the Suntec City taxi stands – said to be the worst performing of the lot – have been cut drastically from 22 minutes to 4 minutes.

While some cabbies have complained that passengers are not flagging taxis, Mr Lim said their earnings have however gone up.

Based on figures provided by ComfortDelGro, Singapore’s biggest taxi operator, cabbies are pocketing about $11 more a day, earning about $318.

Mr Lim was responding to questions from MP for Tampines GRC Ms Irene Ng and MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC Mr Baey Yam Keng in Parliament.

Mr Lim also allayed Ms Ng’s fears, saying that the extra surcharges for cabs plying the city areas would not pinch the supply in the suburbs.

The Transport Minister assured the House that the Land Transport Authority would continue to monitor the situation over the next 3 to 4 months and work with taxi operators and associations.

Article obtained from straitstimes.com on 22nd January 2008



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