Surge Pricing

GRABTAXI SHLD BENEFIT FROM SURGE PRICING TO PREVENT CHEAPSKATES

Grab is not being fair to us taxi drivers! They should put in the surge to GrabTaxi as well not be just surging GrabCar and justgrab! I find it really unfair for us as we are earning lesser because of this. Putting in surge for GrabTaxi as well will make things better for us taxi drivers as well as passengers are left with no choice but to pay for the surge when they book either a car or taxi! Of course cabbies like me on justgrab and GrabTaxi platforms will feel shortchanged! Now I urge LTA to step in now and make grab impose surge pricing on GrabTaxi too, Toa will deter people from being cheapskates! Desperate already still want to save???

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SURGE PRICING STARTED YESTERDAY, ANY CHANGES TO TAXIS ON THE ROAD?

One day of surge pricing offered by 10,700 taxis already, so how was it? Was any big changes felt since the surge pricing started yesterday afternoon? Maybe it is still early days yet for the surge pricing to really affect anyone. After all, it has only been less than a day.

Maybe the taxi companies also don't want to release any figures yet on how much more they made during the peak period in the first day of surge pricing. Also wonder if taxis were really more difficult to flag down during non-peak periods.

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SURGE PRICING TO START NEXT WEEK, ANOTHER PRICE INCREASE FOR SG

Today's news all but confirms what people have been fearing for the past few weeks. Five taxi companies are making the surge pricing their norm, with 10,600 cabs offering this next week onwards. Yet, the taxi companies said to expect to pay less most of the time.

Who are they kidding? Trans-Cab, SMRT, Premier, Prime and HDT Singapore Taxi will join GRab Taxi Singapore in using surge pricing, with Comfort expected to come up with their own pricing structure in two to three weeks. So, from next week onwards, expect less taxis to be on the road in non-peak periods, because who would want to drive when fares are at its lowest? And during peak hours, you want a cab, you pay more. Probably waiting time also longer.

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SURGE PRICING GETS OK, CUSTOMERS TO LOSE OUT?

The Public Transport Council (PTC) and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) issued a statement last Friday saying they had "no objections" to the proposals by taxi companies to impose what they termed "dynamic pricing", but what we all know as surge pricing.

So that means, nothing is now going to stop these Taxi companies to unleash the surge pricing model to passengers. Instead of providing better service to passengers and better welfare to taxi drivers, the companies choose to match the Grab and Uber companies in introducing surge pricing to keep up with them. The one thing that is not good about Uber and Grab, ans taxi companies choose to copy. Proven that all these companies care about is making money, not service or welfare.

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OLDER CABBIES JUST WANT TO DRIVE, NOT MEDDLE WITH GADGETS TO CHECK SURGE PRICE

It seems like the surge pricing that is going to happen soon for taxi companies not only making commuters unhappy, but many of the older taxi drivers feeling unhappy too.

Some of the older cabbies have reportedly said that things are now getting more and more complicated for taxi drivers, when all most taxi drivers want to do is drive leisurely, pick up passengers, drop them off at their required destinations, and picking up the fare from the passengers. No need for complicated system that makes it inconvenient for taxi drivers and passengers alike. One taxi driver even came out and said that he did not want to be meddling with his phone and gadgets all the time, instead to just focus on the driving.

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SURGE PRICING FOR TAXIS SET FOR TAKE OFF, COMMUTERS EXPECT TO LOSE OUT

The Second Minister for Transport already told Parliament yesterday that taxi companies should be allowed to innovate and adapt to new market conditions and competition. This is the clearest sign yet that surge pricing would soon be allowed for the taxi companies.

We Singaporeans just bite the bullet. Soon, not only do we have to face questions of taxi availability, but also fare uncertainty, as fares throughout the day will not be same even if we are going to the same location. With the daily minimum mileage requirement for taxis also having been removed last year, this now seems like a losing situation for commuters. Taxi companies will come out of this as the clear winners.

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TAXI DRIVER: SURGE PRICING FOR TAXI COMPANIES A "CHILDISH" MOVE

I am a taxi driver and would like to share that I have got mixed feelings about taxis companies going towards surge pricing just like uber and grab. I have driven uber for 6 months before joining back as a taxi driver and would like to share that the surge pricing aka fixed price is very one sided, especially during peak hours, it's only benefitting together passengers and not drivers.

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GRAB ALSO INTRODUCING SURGE PRICING, CAB RIDES GET MORE EXPENSIVE

What this means is that in period of high demand, we can expect all taxi companies and Grab to have pricing that will be quite costly. So, most people take taxis and Grab during this period of high demand, which means, we have to pay more now. Seems like what people have been saying all this while is true.

Everything that involves pricing will go up. Cab fares also going up. It is getting more and more expensive to live in this country.

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