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High taxi fares blamed for low turnout

Posted by jtsmyth8 on December 18, 2007

Higher taxi fares are keeping some commuters away this festive season. ComfortDelgro, largest taxi operator here with 15,000 taxis, saw a 10 per cent drop in all call bookings on Monday, the first day of the increased fares.

SMRT, the second largest operator with 3,000 taxis, also received 200 fewer calls during Monday’s morning peak hours from 7am to 9am.

A spokesman, however, said that bookings went back to normal for the rest of the day. SMRT’s fall in bookings comes despite them not raising fares till Friday.

One commuter who decided to stay off cabs on Tuesday was Ms Shianna Tan, 28, shipping officer. She normally takes a taxi from her home in Aljunied to her workplace in Changi Industrial Park to work by 8.30am. (story)


One Response to “High taxi fares blamed for low turnout”

  1. Tashi said

    I think it’s a blessing for those who are running a limousine service business in Singapore. I get more bookings recently and this could be due to the recent taxi fare restructure. Many people are more comfortable when they can know the exact price or charges that they are supposed to pay before the journey.

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