Posts Tagged ‘taxi’

Comfort Delgro feeling the heat

04/10/2017 Leave a comment

From what I know, and what I feel, the local cab companies are really starting to feel the heat from app-hailing companies like Uber and Grab. I saw this on a cab just a couple of days back. Before the entrance of Uber and Grab on the market, the local taxi companies here were adopting a “take it or leave it” attitude with everyone. And to add insult to injury, many of the taxi drivers were really being picky about who they picked. That all has changed. Taxi companies, as I said, are feeling the heat and lots of their cabs are not being rented. Sometimes, all it takes is a little bit of competition to shake up these big brother bastards.

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Gary Lim belittling a taxi driver

28/04/2017 Leave a comment

It was all over social media. This fella, Gary Lim, used a large stash of cash to taunt a taxi driver, who could be heard trying to defuse the situation and asking the man to let him go. According to the taxi driver, the passenger had quarrelled with his girlfriends in the taxi and was venting his frustrations on the older man, the taxi driver. And to add insult to injury, he took out a wad of 1000 dollar notes, taunted the taxi driver, and said that is the reason why he is a taxi-driver and cannot achieve much. And this is coming from a fella who is a second-generation owner of a chicken rice stall. This is the fella below:

Karma can be a bitch Gary. Pride goes before a fall.

********** EDITOR’S NOTE on 30th April **********

According to this report in The Straits Times, Gary Lim apologised for his actions to the taxi driver concerned. This is an excerpt of the report:

Mr Gary Lim, who is the boss of The Yang’s Traditional Hainanese Chicken Rice, incurred the wrath of netizens recently when a video went viral of him blocking a taxi driver’s way and telling him that he “cannot do big things” as he is a taxi driver.

Mr Lim, 37, has since apologised to the taxi driver, a 33-year-old who is identified only by his surname, Sun. To show his remorse, Mr Lim’s outlets at 8 Braddell Road and 562 Serangoon Road will prepare 200 packets of chicken rice – 100 per outlet – for taxi drivers on Tuesday (May 2), Shin Min Daily News reported on Sunday (April 30).

Due to space constraints, and so as to let more people enjoy the food, each taxi driver will get one packet and only takeaways will be possible.

Mr Lim apologised to Mr Sun on Saturday (April 29) evening during a phone conversation, which ended with Mr Sun wishing Mr Lim well, adding that he hoped they could move on from the incident.

 Speaking in Mandarin, Mr Lim said: “I want to apologise. I drank too much and said some senseless things. But I had no intention of harming you. Frankly, I was quite rash, I said things I shouldn’t have said, and hope you can accept my apology.”

To this, Mr Sun replied: “I feel this apology isn’t an issue, in fact I didn’t take (the incident) to heart. I’m already at peace. But before I formally accept your apology, I want to let you know that no matter what problem a person faces in life, he should not vent his anger on others.”

“You are a grown man, not a child,” Mr Sun added. “So I hope you’ll treat this as a lesson, keep moving forward, become more amicable, and not look down on other people’s jobs. Whether you are a cleaner, or a big boss, I feel this is a question of basic respect towards others.”

Maybe he realised that the negative publicity was hurting his chicken rice business or maybe he realised that it was the right thing to do. In any case, all I can say is…I have been drunk before but I would never belittle anyone.

Surge pricing for taxis in Singapore

18/03/2017 Leave a comment

The powers-that-be approved the surge pricing model for taxis yesterday, trying to copy what Grabtaxi and Uber have been doing all this while. But I have my reservations about that. I remember every Friday, taxis would pick and choose customers. As I read in a report in TodayOnline:

With surge pricing, taxi drivers could spend less time plying the roads for customers and more time ferrying passengers matched to them through a mobile application. In contrast, the situation may be less rosy for commuters who are unwilling or unable to pay higher fares, as they could face the possible scenario of being ignored on the streets during peak hours, transport analysts said on Friday

I knew something like this would occur. That is why I was very happy when Grab and Uber came on the market. It gave those conniving taxi drivers a run for their money. And now those taxi fellas want to implement surge pricing because their livelihoods were threatened by ride-hailing apps. Well done you bunch of idiots. Well done.

Premier Silver taxis are a bloody rip-off

29/02/2016 Leave a comment

Just yesterday we took a taxi hope after booking it through GrabCab. Now to be honest, I do not blame GrabCab, who got me my taxi pretty fast. I do not blame the taxi driver as he was nice and courteous. What I blame is the bloody Premier Silver taxi booking fees. $4.50?? Bloody hell! If you are reading this Premier Taxi, I am not going to flag one of your taxis down and I hope that people who read this will think twice about booking your overpriced taxis.

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Unreal cab prices during the F1 weekend

22/09/2014 Leave a comment

A friend of mine shared this photo that was taken at the Ritz-Carlton over the F1 weekend. Looks like they could not get metered cabs so they resorted to getting limousines. But the price? Talk about being in cahoots with these bloody cab companies. That is why, when it comes to the bloody F1 weekends, I stay at home and do not go out. Who needs shit like this?

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Aggressive cab-driver SHB7898A

08/02/2014 Leave a comment

Are we Singaporeans really living in such a stressful society where we lose control of our emotions at the drop of a hat, only to regret for it later? This is yet another case of road rage on the road. In case some foreign readers are reading this post and cannot understand the language while watching the video, this taxi driver of taxi number SHB7898A is miffed that the person behind him sounded his horn, and chose to pour a tirade of abuse to the one recording this. This taxi driver basically told the driver that he can go and hump his own mother. After the Honda Civic case that went viral a couple of days back, this looks like yet another one. Looks like dashboard cameras are a must these days.

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SMRT raising fares of some taxis today

16/12/2013 Leave a comment

That is right. Apparently, SMRT is raising taxi fares today, according to a report in the Straits Times. According to the report:

Taking a ride in an SMRT taxi could cost a third more from Monday.

In the latest series of taxi fare changes, SMRT Corp is upping the flagdown fares of all its Chevrolet Epica cabs to $3.60.

Distance fares of its Mercedes-Benz, London, Hyundai Starex and Ssangyong Rodius cabs go up to 30 cents for every 400m travelled for up to 10km, every 350m after 10km and 45 seconds of waiting time.

Previous rates were $3.40 and 22 cents respectively.

It would not be so bad if they raised taxi prices but unfortunately, their service is just as shitty. Many of their cabbies pick and choose and trying to get a cab sometimes is hell. I for one do not share SMRT’s enthusiasm about raising taxi fares without any corresponding rise in service levels

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