LETTERS: Boycott Taxis If Taxi Firms Continue to Milk Commuters Like Fools to Show Them Who’s Boss

Posted on Mar 20 2017 - 3:05pm by Dear Redwire

JING WEN: My two cents worth on this whole taxi surge pricing thing, now that the LTA has given taxi companies to go-ahead to introduce this new means of ripping off commuters.

The purpose of surge pricing is to regulate demand by introducing higher fees during peak hours. Right now, taxi companies have already introduced a “peak hour” fee. So with the addition of surge pricing, isn’t this a double-charge?

Uber and Grab are no angels. We have seen how their surge pricing can jump by 4x to 22x during peak hours. Seeing how the taxi industry is pegging its fare structure to such companies, are we commuters going to expect the same kind of surge, in addition to peak hour charges, midnight surcharge, and all other charges already levied by taxi firms in their complex fee structure?

Second Transport Minister Ng Chee Meng says commuters” may be uncomfortable” with the introduction of this new surge pricing scheme. Of course we’re uncomfortable. For years the taxi industry has only found more and more ways to milk us while providing the same standard of service. Please don’t fool us with talk of fleet upgrading and all that. That is the duty of the company to ensure its taxis on the road are up and running.

Taxis are a “luxury” option to public transport and granted as a free-market economy the government cannot be expected to legislate prices of private companies like Comfort or SMRT. But as commuters we can boycott taxis and their surge pricing to show these taxi firms the power of the free-market economy, that we’re not fools, and that we reject their continuous efforts to make us pay more for the same damn service. We need to show them that who’s boss.



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8 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Anonymous March 20, 2017 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    Dnt blame taxi co go n blame d government laa they r d one who made all dis mess by allowing grab n uber to be to here in d 1st place…if u consumer dnt support private car all dis things will nt happen dis is wat ur vote for..sporean becoming more cialat.

  2. Anonymous March 20, 2017 at 11:28 pm - Reply

    Don’t blame on taxi drivers.. Who are the ones allows this.. Think again before pointing fingers

  3. Tham March 21, 2017 at 10:40 am - Reply

    My dear fren, no point complaining. Singapore is a free economy n market. U have a choice. Pls do what u say, boycott, dun take taxi. Can afford, by all means, cannot afford, take bus, mrt and walk. Hope i dun see a booking by the name of Jing Wen a few weeks down the road. Pls show us you are the boss. As i always say, bus n train fare go up by 10c, all kpkb. Starbucks $7 coffee nobody kpkb. Hope u can start a blog or something that shows ur daily commute. Show us u mean what u say. But i guarantee, give you max 2 weeks tops, u will flag one, cos bookibg fee $3.30 can buy some milk. Cheers. Have a nice day.

  4. Anonymous March 21, 2017 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    Hmmm .. I thought this is what commuters like mah.. you all like grab and uber way of pricing .. so now taxi follow as commuters wish Lor .. this taxi surge is good .. now commuters can not jump back to taxi when grab and uber surge their price .. no more taking advantage of taxi only when grab and uber surge ..

  5. Anonymous March 21, 2017 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    You asshole
    As it is the taxi drivers are strugling with competition from Uber and Grab. Now u ask the public to boycott taxis. Will u prostitute your family to feed these drivers. The pappies r increasing everything. If u got d balls challenge them. Not the taxi drivers. Because of u like minded goonies we r in this situation.

  6. Anonymous March 21, 2017 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    What boycott I think you cannot afford to take taxi .. please turn yourself to bus, MRT and walk. Don’t KPKB here.. u/g surge 4X commuters no make noise. Now taxi follow u/g you all make noise.. what is this.. I strongly suggest you take MRT.. leave us alone

  7. Raj March 22, 2017 at 2:59 am - Reply

    By all means plz boycott,but b4 tat think again if u guyz had boycott grab n uber tis won’t b happening. So plz think b4 u post.

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