More protection required for our taxi drivers

Last week, a taxi driver was attacked by 4 Chinese nationals – 2 men and 2 women – for supposedly refusing to accept their ride.

It is not uncommon to read about passengers, upon reaching their destination, pretending to go up to their blocks to get the fare and then failing to return. Worse, some give all sorts of excuses for not paying or simply dash away when they have reached their destinations.

Taxi drivers are like any other workers, driving for a living to feed their families. But unlike many other workers, they will lose their income when they encounter such unfortunate incidents. When such incidents happen, the natural thing for them to do is to go to the police which will take up more of their time and opportunity to earn other fares.

The status-quo as it is, is far from satisfactory. Taxi drivers deserve better, more useful and effective protection because they are large in numbers and they provide a useful service and make valuable economic contributions to the economy.

In Singapore, we have the National Taxi Association (NTA). I am not sure if NTA is more style than substance since many taxi-drivers do not complain to NTA to help them get back their fares. Since they have approached the police, this must strongly hint at NTA’s lack of usefulness.

I strongly urge the PAP government to work harder and think through with urgency how we as a society can better protect our hard working taxi drivers from being short-changed or abused by unscrupulous passengers.

 

Simon Lim

 

 

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28 Responses to “More protection required for our taxi drivers”

  • Gov too soft on foreigners:

    What is our police or gov doing about these trouble maker china nationals who beat up hardworking sgs?
    Are they deported or even charged?
    Singaporean bashing has got to stop!
    Our gov is too weak in so many areas. VTO to protect our fellow SGs..
    This is getting out of hand.
    Few weeks ago a china woman started verbally abusing a bus driver cuz he forgot to remind her when to get down (acc to her). Then she got down , went to the front of the bus n refused to let the bus move on…all the while continuing her verbal abuse n taking pics of the poor bus driver on her hp camera.
    Our SG has gone to the dogs!

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  • LIONS:

    NTUC COMFORT IS THE MARKET-LEEder n if the leader $CREW ITS TAXI-UNCLES,WHAT DO YOU THINK smaller operator$ would do?

    NTUC COMFORT calls its *taxi-uncles* as HIRER so as to minimise its own liabilities to their taxi-uncles,per se.

    How HYPOCRITIC coming from THE UNION IT$elf???

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  • Tatman:

    Just tell the taxi drivers to switch to Grab, and this will result in the Taxi companies to blast at that fucking traitorous PAP Government.

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  • Bobo:

    From what I found out, Taxi drivers are pro PAP policy supporters and have stayed very loyal to PAP MPs like they are their angels and saviours. Got bullied by passengers, but behaved like nothing had happened. They made gov. think as though taxi drivers have easy income of 3k to 7k monthly. Therefore increasing the meter fare is a correct move to increase income of Taxi drivers. Got customers, they want to pick and chose. No customers, they KPKB. Raining time, people can’t find taxi. Weather too hot also can’t find taxi.

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  • Harder Truths:

    Who did the taxi drivers vote for?

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  • What crime?:

    Our SG is getting more dangerous altho media saying yesterday our sg has been touted as the safest country in the world except for a sharp increase in cyber crimes…mainly online scams / cheating.
    Cybercrimes not dangerous meh?

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  • Boh Kia See:

    You want the PAP rulers to look after citizens? That is wishful thinking.

    PAP rulers only look after themselves and to ensure they are always in power to collect their loot. Citizens don’t get a show in their thinking at all. Just look at the 2019 budget, just like the 2018 budget and like all the other budgets before it. What has changed? What sort of deep thinking the PAP has put in?

    Their method is a crude and simplistic way of throwing some money out before an election and collecting it back with interest after the election. Sometimes, one group get targetted and other times another group gets the “treatment” Overall, nobody escapes the grubby hands of the PAP.

    Taxi drivers, the same as casino workers they are expendable by the PAP. So why have rules concerning their safety and health? It does not affect the PAP so no need to waste time thinking about them.

    That is what you have—that is why we need to VTO so that the Government can look after the people.

    VTO–we can do better.

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  • LAMPADA, VTO:

    LAMPADA, Protection from PAPi?

    Diesel tax increase + 9% GST, do you know how much it will cost consumer and affect taxi uncles earning or not?

    Worse than the chinese national.

    NEVER TRUST THE DEVIL.

    LAMPADA, VTO.

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  • Bad Boy:

    Well well well, if seek answer. Shouldnt the questions be directed to all these pro china writers and the pro china far highs fans e.g. red bean or du gu or great asia ?

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  • Chiok:

    As mentioned before – iron shirt qi gong .

    Perhaps all taxi drivers compulsory to use skill futures to learn and master iron shirt and iron head qi gong.

    If any customers turn agressive and throw punches , only pain but no injuries.

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  • Cant blame:

    Taxi driving is sometimes scary. A driver told me once a passenger put a knife to his throat n robbed him then fled..
    Nowdays he is wary of picking up certain characters like drunks or groups of rowdy youngsters or arguing couples etc, who he usually comes across late at night or wee hours of the morning.
    .he uses his discretion.
    Cant blame him or drivers like him for being picky.

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  • SUCKERS SUCK SUCKERS:

    The GRAB driver say the rental for shops @ Changi airportis $20000 per month. But he pro govt pretending to be outraged.

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  • Dr. Chan:

    Should ask them to show money, pay upfront first. Then provide service. Return the difference at the end of ride. Or ask them to pay the difference if exceed. If they don’t at least you still don’t loose too much lah. Must outsmart them. Don’t be sitting duck.

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  • FreeSingaporeParty:

    Vote Free Singapore Party into Parliament.

    When we form the ruling party, we will cane such foreigners and then deport them immediately. We won’t throw them into jail. Its a waste of our taxpayer’s money to feed, cloth and shelter them in the prison.

    Sec-Gen,
    Free Singapore Party

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  • Silly Place Is For Everyone:

    70% educated dafts voted for this, so why are you complaining?
    Those taxi drivers will have to learn to speak up and fend for themselves, else they will just have to timidly suck up to the pain.

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  • Hopelessly Stupid:

    Bad Boy:
    Well well well, if seek answer. Shouldnt the questions be directed to all these pro china writers and the pro china far highs fans e.g. red bean or du gu or great asia ?

    Redbean and dugu don’t make our country’s policies.

    The real questions should be directed to PAP government instead, dubious people come as a result of sleeping immigration authority and pro foreigner policies.
    They are the ones who emboldened foreigners to commit crimes and altercations.

    The greedy clown proudly claimed that this place is for everyone, yet some dafts are still confused with who started the mess and the right person to ask.

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  • in:

    Police will shield FT and ask driver to find a lawyer。

    Make money for govt, make FT happy.

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  • FT will argue to no end:

    //Police will shield FT and ask driver to find a lawyer。//

    wait hungry FT will argue to no end with all the technicalities of this and that and police become blur blur unlike daft sinkies who can be ‘fooled’ quite easily when ‘ordered’ by our enforcement officers.

    sad to say but it is quite logical. in order to survive now it sinkie land with 6.9m or 10m (good for competition and talent hor), need to behave like FTs and be hungry as much as possible like the way the white idiots love hunger and FTs so much.

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  • oxygen:

    WITHOUT THIS MASSIVE FOREIGN INFLUX of undesirables, we didn’t have these kind of public violence exploding on the public streets of LEE-jiapore.

    The Suntec City bashing of our cab drivers and peacemakers is the start of downhill decline and those foreigners offending, including one granted PR to continue employment, NOT DEPORTED on conviction SENT WRONG SIGNALS to foreign thugs i.e. Sinkies can be bashed with impunity.

    LEE-jiapore has really GONE TO THE DOGS.

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  • N.Jungne:

    We were accused of being RACIST, remember?

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  • the signal (cue):

    //WITHOUT THIS MASSIVE FOREIGN INFLUX of undesirables, we didn’t have these kind of public violence exploding on the public streets of LEE-jiapore.//

    don’t forget, at one time in order to protect the white idiotic open-leg policy, the propaganda was so loud and noisy (thanks to 151th media standard also) to uplift and ‘advertise’ the ‘value’ of FTs (like sinkie land need FTs, sinkies do not want to work, can’t find sinkies to work in so and so position, etc). even one of the top white idiots mentioned FTs create jobs for sinkies (yar lor, they are here not to grab / compete jobs for themselves lor).

    imagine, the signal (cue) this 151th media standard has sent out to every FT who is here ? FTs are already ‘street smart’ unlike the conditioned daft sinkies and just imagine whether they will take advantage of this signal (cue) to their full advantage (e.g some even abuse it with fake qualifications).

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  • Sad:

    Whats sad is when the taxi driver run to the main road seeking help.
    More than 10 vehices just drove pass him. Nobody bother to find out what happen.

    慘!

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  • a PG:

    To prevent fare evaders, perhaps, suggest the cab coys allow their drivers to collect $10 (or any amount decided) in advance (per passenger)once the passengers board the cab. At the end of the journey, the cab can return part of the deposit.

    In certain Malaysian towns with isolated and far-flung petrol stations, the vehicle drivers who need to top up petrol have to pay in advance at the service station counters first BEFORE filling the petrol. This is to prevent the vehicle owners fleeing without payment. Also, some restaurants also practise settling the bills first before the food is served (for the same reason.)

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  • Bad Boy:

    No need to defend for them. They should do the talking themselves.

    1 They are adults probably older too.

    2 Red Bean , Dugu or great asia are champions for pro china and prcs. Plus these 3 always talk as if they are expert in China like China 老江湖。
    Therefore they should speak up for them and educate them on the issue.

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  • HarderTruths:

    I am not sure wearing a condom will help in this case.

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  • clown pap S$m group think:

    Sad:
    Whats sad is when the taxi driver run to the main road seeking help.
    More than 10 vehices just drove pass him. Nobody bother to find out what happen.

    慘!

    we actually turn a blind eye to any such after GE2015.

    after all clown pap policies exist because of 70% sheep.

    whether taxi driver voted clown pap or OPPOSITION we don’t know. but until more of them cry papa cry mama clown pap pro alien policies going to go amok.

    why should we bother when today we are already out numbered in own land?

    remember that pap Lj who said Spore can hold 10m. we just waiting to see this go up the lorry. ok. we may go up first. but it is our hope to see New Government in Spore before we up the lorry. so we try very hard.

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  • Mike:

    Fortunately, it is either statistic tells us that it is just a small matter compared to thousands of cases of injuries + deaths in construction/ship-building industry, or the cabbies do not think it is serious enough to have them all taking a one week break to think and reflect on the issue.

    So, if they (cabbies) are not concerned why are we so kpo to speak for them? They have mouth to speak up and can choose not to drive to make a statement. But again, they are like most of singaporeans 69 or 70%? Too self-fish as individuals and divided.

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  • new 'improved' system:

    //Also, some restaurants also practise settling the bills first before the food is served (for the same reason.)//

    yar lor. it is always some ‘smart alecs’ who abused the system / trust that resulted in everyone (most are decent humble people) having to be penalized by a new ‘improved’ system to sieve out potential culprits (e.g redesign of system which is usually more ‘onerous’) – e.g placing of deposit, payment before service (in certain cases, medical fees), higher price of goods / services being rented out to cover for damage or difficult people.

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