Taxi problem back

Singapore February 20th, 2008

I find this quite strange actually. Just barely 1 month back, everyone was complaining about taxi fare being too expensive and that many are going to swear off taxies altogether. For the first time, many taxis were seen with a green LED on their roof – meaning that the taxis were not hired. Taxi drivers were threatening to return their cabs after Chinese New Year should business remained just as bad.

However, that was last month.

Apparently, the long queues have returned and it’s just as hard to get a cab now as it was before the fare hike. A check at the taxi stand behind Wisma Atria and Ngee Ann City last night showed that people were waiting and obviously frustrated with the disappearance of taxies; and the roads in town were filled with hired taxies. It seems like what my friend said was right – once a taxi rider, always a taxi rider.

Public transport, only if the frequencies are better; and we are not even asking for cleaner buses yet. Singaporeans do have short term memories, where the taxi fare hike is concerned. πŸ™‚

Reader's Comments

  1. ignorantsoup | February 20th, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    Haha I agree. That’s why pricing strategies always work for public transport. We keep going back to them. Is the problem solved then? No. Thus price going to increase again to solve the Dd Ss Problem.

  2. Tianhong | February 20th, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    maybe standard fee of $50 may help πŸ™‚ well this is quite expected. even the taxi uncle mention it before.

  3. xizor2000 | February 20th, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    If there’s any predicament we face, it is our own doing.

    Is it a wonder why this gahmen continually screws us from behind without any reservations? πŸ™‚

  4. Aaron | February 21st, 2008 at 4:06 am

    Like every single Singaporean, we just accept the changes after grumbling and complaining~

    Why do you think prices always rise, and rarely goes down?

    That’s why we’re Singaporeans i guess..~

  5. xizor2000 | February 21st, 2008 at 7:37 am

    Let’s not forget that this would mean the total failure of the fare raise on both counts.

    1 – to raise income of drivers;

    2 – to alleviate the problem in which there is difficulty getting a cab.

    Yet another hare-brained scheme by our 3 million dollar men-in-white. Too bad even in elections Singapore will be spineless to vote them out. Just like the fellow who leans on the MRT holding poles… spineless.

  6. Jason Ho | February 21st, 2008 at 8:53 am

    Yeah..problem with us Singaporeans is that we are too forgetful (like u say) and will pay a little more once we find our lives abit too uncomfortable. Like Ignorantsoup puts it nicely, that is why price hikes work for the transport industry.

    Same thing will go for the ERP, it won’t be long before we see the jams again (if it hasn’t happened already) and the next thing we know…’revision’ of the ERP rates..

    Same ‘ol strategy and we get suckered in all the time. That is the Singapore way πŸ˜‰

  7. xizor2000 | February 21st, 2008 at 9:17 am

    Well, which means that it really translated into higher earnings for cabbies to retain their ways.

  8. Cobalt Paladin | February 21st, 2008 at 10:12 am

    Hi Jean,

    What time was it when there was a long queue in Ngee Ann City? I’ve had no problem getting a cab in Paragon till date. Cab drivers are skipping Ngee Ann City and Wisma Atria due to the jam at the small road (Orchard Turn) just before turning into Ngee Ann City. They have done this even before the fare hike.

    But my timing may be different. If I take a cab, it’ll be before 5pm when the CBD and peak hour surcharges come into effect.

  9. Vandalin | February 21st, 2008 at 10:30 am

    Just wait, the taxi rentals are about to go up.

  10. SL | February 21st, 2008 at 11:15 am

    Just to share my observation with you. There is no problem getting a taxi at between 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The demand starts to escalate after 9:30 p.m. and peaks at about 10:30 p.m. Yes indeed, my daily income went up a bit recently.

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  12. Cobalt Paladin | February 21st, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    What time were you waiting for cab at Ngee Ann City? I’ve no problem getting a cab from Paragon at anytime but I always try to avoid taking cabs after 5pm when the city and peak hour surcharges start. Cabbies tend to avoid the small road (Orchard Turn) leading into Ngee Ann City due to the perenial slow traffic or traffic jam problem. Due to the location of the taxi stand, after a cab picks up a passenger, it can’t move off immediately due to the traffic at Orchard Turn so they spend a lot of time waiting to get passengers if there is a long queue of passengers. If they can get passengers elsewhere, they usually will just drive off their passengers alight. This has been the case even before the fare increase.

  13. Kaffein | February 21st, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    Har, did you even for once think that the fares increase is for the taxi drivers?


    It’s definitely for the operators. Wait and see, few months later there will be an increase in taxi rentals.

    Trust me, I have already predicted so many things.

    Kaffien the Harry-Houdini

  14. Kim | February 21st, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    I guess most of us shld have come to realise that as far as transportation is concerned, the demand is inelastic to price increments. At the end of the day, u will have to travel unless shopping centre,office, grocery shop all within walking distance!
    the only scenario i can think of is you own and work at the grocery shop downstairs lol

  15. David Chua | February 23rd, 2008 at 12:48 pm


    Why not? Why don’t we all start shopping at the grocery shop downstairs. They have a wide variety of goods and necessities and its much cheaper than traveling all the way to town (paying transportation fees along the way) and buying from a major corporation that probably won’t be doing much to help the common people.

    Whereas if you buy from your neighborhood shops, you’re helping the small business owner survive and make their own living. Rather than making the rich richer, why not support our true Singaporean entrepreneurs?

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  17. Tan | July 8th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Dear all, lets be responsible in saying. Taxi is a transport that has no fix route to follow. It is very hard for the taxi driver to come all the way vacant from Woodland to Ngee Ann City to pick passensger. Furthermore to go Ngee Ann City with vacant taxi, Taxi driver have to pay ERP druing pick hour. Also the movement of passenger timing is all at the same period. They are either going from Woodland to Ngee Ann City in the morning or afternoon and back from Ngee Ann City to Woodland in the evening or night.

    The problem is not the taxi dirver, it is just the passenger movement timing and taxi has no fix route.

    To increase more Taxi still will not solve your problem. It only make taxi driver life more difficult. They will lost in income and force them to drive longer hours. Driving long hours will only resulting danger to taxi driver, passenger, road user etc. It is also causes more unnecessary CO2 pollution and contibuting in global warming. It is a waste in country resource.

    Note: The above Woodland and Ngee Ann City route is just an example route.

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