SMRT increase taxi fare rates: thanks to PTC and ComfortDelGro
It was a foregone conclusion that the other taxi operators would follow taxi giant ComfortDelGro’s lead in increasing cab fares. Now SMRT Taxis has followed suit. The other three cab companies will likewise play catch-up.
Thanks to the Public Transport Council’s magnanimity in acceding to their request to increase fares, much to the chagrin of commuters.
Singapore is surely ranked number one when it comes to the creative use of all sorts of surcharges for its taxis. I understand taxi drivers need to earn a decent income to feed their families as well but this is not the way to go about it. Why can’t cab companies reduce taxi rentals in the first place? And why do taxis have to compete with private cars for COEs?
As a listed company, everybody knows ComfortDelGro is accountable to its shareholders. Hence it must remain profitable.
With the MRT and buses packed to the rafters, there isn’t much that commuters can do about it. Just pay and pay for the increases.
The irony is that with all the surcharges taxis are as rare as lunar rocks particularly during peak hours. In contrast in China and Hong Kong, just to cite two examples, taxis are plentiful and you don’t have long to wait for one.
Perhaps our taxi drivers are being pampered. For example, they have honed to perfection the art of vanishing during peak hours as they prefer you to make a phone booking as they stand to earn more this way.
They have given a whole new meaning to the term “survival of the fittest”.
6 Responses to “SMRT increase taxi fare rates: thanks to PTC and ComfortDelGro”
Comments are closed.