Private Hire

LTA SHOULD REVIEW ARCHAIC RULES AND ALLOW TAXIS TO DELIVER GOODS

Most of the taxi drivers say that this is an "archaic" rule, and it counters the Government trumpet-blowing of urging citizens to embrace disruptive technology and the gig economy. Drivers should not be denied a means to earn extra income, as already the market for the drivers are very tight and they can barely make a living just by picking up passengers.

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NETIZEN: UNFAIR FOR UBER TO BAN ME FROM USING ANY PROMO CODE FOREVER

Our reader alerted us that Uber stopped him from using any promo code as it said he violated its Terms of Service without giving any explanation. Only after persistent questions did Uber reply that it was because he shared a promo with another person. Our reader did not know it wasn't allowed and feels unfair as promo codes are shared online everywhere.

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CAB DRIVERS MAIN JOB NOT TO CATCH UBER & GRAB DRIVERS, SO STOP IT!

I am in a comfort taxi yesterday and the driver looks more concern in catching errand motorists than driving me as the passenger safely. If they are really getting annoyed with these private hire cars causing them to lose their cabbies because many drivers have jumped ships, then they should just work together with LTA to enforce such policing activities!

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PRIVATE HIRE DRIVERS FACE FINE, JAIL FOR FAILURE TO DISPLAY DECALS

The LTA has moved to remind all Uber and Grab drivers that starting from tomorrow onwards, all private-hire car drivers must display the licence or special decals to show that they are private hire drivers. Failure to do so will result in a fine or even jail time for the drivers.

Thus far, 27,000 private hire car drivers have been affixed with the tamper proof decals. The decals are meant to make it easier for commuters to identify registered drivers, and also allows enforcement against those who are unlicensed.

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SMRT LOOKING TO SELL TAXI BUSINESS, WILL STAFF KEEP JOBS?

If even a government owned entity is to be sold to a private-hire operator, does this signal that the private companies running the taxi business are winning the battle? Grab and Uber is surely eating up a big share of the market for SMRT to almost give up now.

Problem now is, SMRT staff are not guaranteed jobs if Grab buys the company, and that is what is holding the deal back, currently. It does seem that SMRT wants to refocus their energy on managing the MRT and LRT lines, and it may be just a matter of time the SMRT taxi business is sold. This cannot be good news to the many SMRT taxi staff.

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