Singapore taxi drivers: a double standard?

An accident involving a taxi prompts me to write this post.

On Christmas Day a taxi ploughed into a 7-Eleven store, hurting three people.

Those of us who travel by taxis know that taxi drivers as a rule speed, going up to 110 kph in most cases. Always bent on getting ahead, they weave in and out of traffic and endanger other road users.

With their sudden stops to pick up a fare, other drivers face the risk of a collision with them.

A motor-cyclist recently wrote to the Straits Times recounting how a taxi nearly collided into him after making an illegal U-turn. Instead of an apology the driver hurled obscenities at the motor-cyclist.

It appears taxi-drivers are the new road bullies on the roads.

You see them speeding and weaving in and out of traffic ALL THE TIME. But have you ever seen them being booked by the traffic police? Rarely, right?

After midnight you see them like a herd of stampeding wildebeests. I give them a wide berth to avoid being “trampled”.

Time is money to them. But that doesn’t give them the right to drive as though the roads belong to them.

Is there one rule for them and another for other drivers?

In other words, is there a double standard?


2 Responses to “Singapore taxi drivers: a double standard?”

  1. Was cheated by one on a rainy evening, December 18th, 2009. Took a taxi from the hotel at Raffles City to my home at Dunearn. Cost me $15.40. The cab meter read $7.40. I had to pay him for so many extra charges, I don’t know what.

    Forgot the taxi company and licence plate but remember the young Ah Beng chap who had a bandage round his left arm. He was grumbling all the way about the “plight” of taxi drivers and whizzed around like it was his papa’s road. Very unpleasant character. Is there also another rule for senior passengers like me? I think I was cheated.

  2. Sorry to hear about your bad experience. These days we hear more and more about rogue cab drivers. To be fair there are good ones but it’s the black sheep that grab the headlines. Don’t drive near cabs and black cars driven by Ah Beng type.

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