80% of S'pore taxis fitted with centrally controlled 'on-call' display
- POSTED: 16 Sep 2013 23:21
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Eighty per cent of Singapore's total taxi fleet has been equipped with centrally-controlled "On Call" display signs.
SINGAPORE: Eighty per cent of Singapore's total taxi fleet has been equipped with centrally-controlled "On Call" display signs.
The signs mark out cabs that have already been booked by commuters.
By 2015, all taxis will have the signs.
Taxi Service Operator License conditions require cab companies to ensure that "On Call" signs are centrally-controlled.
This is to prevent possible manipulation by taxi drivers.
In a Parliamentary question, Non-Constituency Member of Parliament Lina Chiam asked if taxi companies can be encouraged to do away with booking fees to discourage drivers from gaming the system.
Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew, in a written response, said that the taxi booking fee covers the opportunity cost of accepting a booking assignment, since a driver is not allowed to accept any other jobs until the booking has been fulfilled.