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Passenger says he almost suffocated in Grab ride due to heavy cigarette smoke

I refer to The Independent Singapore’s In the Hood “Passenger says he almost suffocated in Grab ride due to heavy cigarette smoke” (Nov 22) and “Passenger says TADA driver kept falling asleep during his ride” (Dec 3).

It is understandable that most riders who engage the service of private hire vehicle for their rides are afraid to smell/inhale cigarette smoke. This is especially true for those non-smoking riders, as they usually find it suffocated.

It is preferably for the private hire vehicle drivers (PHVD) or the taxi drivers to wind down their cars’ windows for air ventilation for at least few minutes if they ever carry one or more than one heavy smoker passenger prior to they proceed for any picking. This should also be applied to any drivers who is a heavy smoker.

According to one of the LTA regulation, any public service vehicle driver (including taxi and PHVD) who is caught smoking inside the vehicle’s compartment while driving will get demerit points and heavily fined.

It is really inconsiderate and dangerous when you are physically and mentally tired or sleepy while driving, because a road accident could occur anytime. As, we can find many fatal and injuries cases in our traffic police records.

This will not only harm any passengers and yourself as well as other road users if you were a taxi driver or a private hire vehicle driver.

Regarding the specific case of sleepy PHV driver, he must immediately stop driving after that particular trip, or sought the consent from his passenger for cancelling the trip. Vice versa, the passenger also can make a request to cancel the trip as it is good for the safety of himself.

 

Teo Kueh Liang (Mr)

 

 

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9 Responses to “Passenger says he almost suffocated in Grab ride due to heavy cigarette smoke”

  • Observer:

    In India, in 30% of my Uber rides, the driver suddenly stopped the vehicle, and go urine at a wall or a tree.

    I panicked the first time it happened. People cannot help being cautious about kidnapping, when the driver is dark-skin.

    Even Indian legends portray heroes as fair-skin and villains as dark-skin.

    Why don’t they urine before they accepted my Uber order?

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  • rice:

    So,isnt a public transport,even if Private Hire, a “public space”; an enclosed one at that.
    Why LTA bochup???
    KNN!Many civil servants now behave like their masters; only interested in COLLECTING MORE easy peasy MONEY.

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  • Harder Truths:

    This is an ‘I got nothing better to do so I make a big noise about nothing and is the Gahmen’s fault’ article.

    Will we hear about his sexual problems next? I fail to see how this is nothing but KPKB about things that happen to anyone and everyone. Does he want the Regime to regulate this as well? More rules and regulations. Maybe increase the fares at the same time. maybe make all drivers white or yellow skin so people won’t be threatened so much.

    FFS stop wasting people’s time with this personal crybaby BS.

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  • In China, I smoke with the driver. lol

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  • Still breathing? Pity:

    ALL Grab users like to be grabbed by the balls/hair.
    You deserve it by making the poor poorer in the long run.

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  • 唯有饮者留其名:

    听过一个北京大学毕业的中国人说:

    “抽烟伤肺,喝酒伤肝。不抽烟不喝酒却伤心”!

    真的是无可奈何花落去!

    TRE Tech:
    In China, I smoke with the driver. lol

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  • @唯有饮者留其名

    我老了, 本来我等死就是喝下酒, 抽下烟, 现在医生叫我戒酒, 如果再不抽烟, 我都不知道要为什么活了. 呵呵

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  • 唯有饮者留其名:

    “喝下酒,抽下烟”?

    正确的说法应该是:

    “喝一下酒,抽一下烟”!

    你的写法变成是你在喝劣等酒,抽劣等烟!

    哎,亏你还是一个在中国居留了二十多年,在那里喝中国人的口水,吃中国人食物的新加坡华裔人士!

    TRE Tech:
    @唯有饮者留其名

    我老了, 本来我等死就是喝下酒, 抽下烟, 现在医生叫我戒酒, 如果再不抽烟, 我都不知道要为什么活了. 呵呵

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  • dave:

    TRE Tech:
    In China, I smoke with the driver. lol

    Smoking is not only a smelly, dirty and unhealthy addiction. It is a drug.

    Don’t forget the Opium War, when a whole country casually dismissed the addiction as fun and pleasure indulgence.

    I hope the Chinese people and people of the world would get rid of this drug addiction disguised and touted as something harmless and nothing serious. Think of the wives and children that have to smoke and smell the smelly stench of tobacco smokes and stale tobacco on the body, clothes and homes.

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