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LTA approves ComforDelGro’s new underwater taxi to bypass ERP

LTA approves ComforDelGro’s new underwater taxi to bypass ERP

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Previous model required passengers to practise breath-holding, latest model does not.


The Land Transport Authority has approved a new breed of hybrid taxis by ComfortDelGro.

These new hybrid taxis are amphibious crafts that can travel both on land and underwater.

ComfortDelGro had numerous tests carried out and confirmed that riding in this new amphibious taxis is safer than a night out drinking.

A LTA spokesperson, Mai Zhim Jui, said: “The last time we tried this technology, passengers complained they had to practise breath-holding while underwater as the taxi’s windows sometimes might wind down automatically. We’ve prevented that from happening with this latest model.”

“This latest model now might just float upside down sometimes.”

LTA has said this new taxis will help bypass ERP and effectively make taking taxis cheaper.

But passengers are reminded to buy insurance and make sure they have paid their premiums on time.





Local cabbies thank taxi companies for high rentals that push them to excel

Local cabbies thank taxi companies for high rentals that push them to excel

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Bus drivers also thank their employers for letting them pursue their passion for driving.


It appears Christmas has come early for Singaporean bus and cab drivers.

Two days ago, news broke announcing that the average Singaporean SMRT bus driver is now allowed to earn up to S$3,500 a month, after factoring in overtime and performance incentives.

This allows bus drivers to spend more time driving buses, which they are good at.

Hua Tua Chia, a bus driver said: “Having too much time off to rest is no good because then I’d have to spend money when I go out with family and friends.”

Today, cab drivers too are also assured they can expect a pay raise and make as much as $7,000 a month, doing what they do best.

Tee Ti Huah, a cab driver, said he is assured: “I just need to put in a bit more effort, work day shift, night shift with no breaks in between for 18 hours a day, 30 days in a row.”

“I am very thankful to all the taxi companies for this opportunity to be a taxi driver because I get to work very hard so I can pay rental everyday.”

“I wouldn’t be able to push myself to excel to be such a good taxi driver if rental was lower. I would then have to spend too much time with my family and be a good father instead.”





How taxi companies generate $60 million a month

How taxi companies generate $60 million a month

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That’s five easy ways they make more than $2 million in taxi rental a day.

$60 million can buy supertaxi?

So you read about the $7,000-a-month cab driver?

Well, what is $7,000 a month when you can make $60 million? With at least 20,000 taxis on the road and rental pegged at about $100 a day, you can do the math.

That’s the low estimate of how much rental taxi companies in Singapore derive from taxi drivers every month.

So, here are the New Nation top five ways taxi companies generate more than $60 million in rental each month. That makes it a quarter-of-a-billion-dollar industry each year.

*whistle* wee-wee-eeeew

1. Enslave, enslave, enslave

Once someone is turned into a taxi driver by giving them that coveted cab license after undergoing mandatory training, charge them rental.


Rain or shine, sick or bedridden, the trick is to charge taxi drivers rental as per normal. No questions asked. No reasons entertained.

There is simply no better way to make the taxi drivers’ lives revolve around paying that rental than putting it at the arbitrary figure of about $100 a day.

Make that the top priority in every taxi drivers’ mind.

Who said taxi rental rates must be like COE or HDB flat prices that go up and down so often they are like a whore’s panties?

Rental is fixed. If you don’t like it, well, you still have to pay.

2. Make taxi-driving a Singaporean-only vocation

This is a trap. Lure the people in with this soft-sell tactic.

Make Singaporeans believe this is a truly protectionist measure. Make taxi-driving appear it’s the final frontier, but it’s not the end, because it is holds a special place for Singaporeans.

Singaporeans-only would mean this is a privileged sector that would have measures introduced to protect locals, right?

Remember National Service? Well, that went well.

3. Introduce as many cabs as possible

Is there such a thing as an “ideal” number of cabs on the road?

Is it because some say the worry is under supply, while others say over demand is frustrating? So an ideal must exist?

Well, really, the concept of “ideal” only exists because taxi companies say there is such a thing.

The truth is taxi companies can never know any better exactly what road conditions are like minute-by-minute, they don’t have rules stipulating when or for how long each taxi must operate.

Moreover, taxi drivers by-and-large operate according to their own logic, so taxis might be in over or under supply for no good reason whatsoever at times.

So what do taxi companies do?

The trick then is to introduce as many cabs on the road as possible. More cabs on the road, more rental anyways.

Not that it is to prevent taxi drivers from being choosy about who to pick if not enough taxis are in operation.

Allowing an oversupply forces taxis out into the open to go on a hunt.

This will naturally allow cabbies to fight for scraps.

4. Prevent taxi drivers from owning the vehicle

By preventing taxi drivers from becoming owners, they will be indebted to the companies who own the means of production.

Taxi drivers will never be business owners or entrepreneurs. They will always have to slog for someone else.

5. Sell the story that taxi drivers earn big bucks to the press

Sucker all the remaining idiots!