How badly has the taxi industry and taxi drivers been hit by the advent of private-hire drivers?
Yesterday, a simple issue of “park wrong place” turned into a “queue-cutting misunderstanding” which saw 2 taxi uncles almost come to blows!
The incident took place at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal at about 9.45am.
A 57-year-old uncle who was one of the taxi drivers involved said that he went to the taxi stand there hoping to pick up passengers.
He said that there were 2 taxis stopped at the taxi stand with their engines off, so he thought they weren’t waiting to pick up passengers (aka kooning lah).
Hence, he followed a Comfort taxi in front of him and stopped in front of the 2 taxis.
A debate turned into a filthy vulgarity-filled quarrel and the 2 taxi uncles almost turned gangster on each other.
Fortunately, before that happened, the 2 taxi uncles decided that cool heads should prevail (and possibly that PHV driver were their real nemesis) and both men returned to their cabs.
Fragile rice bowls, perhaps?