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ALL CNG VEHICLES TO BE INSPECTED FOR FIRE HAZARD, AS LTA WORRIED ABOUT DANGER

The LTA has now voiced their concerns over compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles after the fire that affected two CNG taxis over the past month. LTA now requires all CNG vehicles, and not just taxis, to undergo inspection. LTA has stated that they require all CNG car owners to have their vehicles inspected at an authorised inspection centre by 9 June. There are currently more than 1,600 CNG private cars on the roads. The checks will include tests for gas leakages and inspection of the condition and mounting of the CNG cylinder itself and other related components. This come after the two CNG taxis that caught fire and led to the inspection of all CNG taxis. So far, 832 taxis out of 950 CNG taxis have been inspected, with 74 of them failing the tests.

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ALL CNG TAXIS TO BE TESTED BEFORE ALLOWED OUT ON THE ROADS AGAIN

The LTA have finally reacted after two taxis, which were fitted with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) cylinders, caught fire int he past month. All taxis fitted with CNG must now undergo compulsory testing by Thursday 25 May before they are allowed on the roads again. The two taxis that caught fire recently are both well publicised cases. The first one which caught fire and exploded on April 30, injured four people, including a firefighter. The second one happened earleir this week at Marymount Road. Investigations done by SCDF found that both CNG taxi fires occurred due to the leakage of compressed natural gas within the vehicles, which was then ignited by the lighting of cigarettes.

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GRAB AND UBER MAKING THINGS EASIER FOR PEOPLE TO HAVE CARS

Referring to the post stating that there are now twice the number of private hire cars compared to taxis, it is indeed a worrying sight! It seems like it's getting easier and easier to own a car now as uber and grab are recruiting drivers without limits despite LTA's new rules requiring private hire drivers to go for screening and checks and also training. The reason is that grab and uber have been fully supporting their drivers through the application process and they are paying fully for their driver's vocational license training course and also for the medical checkup which give drivers more confidence as there is no cost involved! I suggest that LTA look into this and ensure that grab and uber do not pay any single cent for them and make them pay themselves. Secondly, make sure that with the decal affixed, double their fines and demerit points, carpark fees, season parking and also ban them from entering Malaysia and also double the maintenance costs, tyres, road tax and tax them on fuel. This is because they use up more of our facilities available so it's only fair that they pay more for that.

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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 CHARGING MODEL MAY LEAD TO LESS TAXIS DURING OFF PEAK

I am actually quite worried about taxi companies following grab and uber's surge method to cope with demand and they claimed that this is to allow taxi drivers to earn more, however, I find that they are doing it all wrong! By doing so, it will only make taxi drivers go and camp at a high surge area and wait for calls and these drivers will not be doing street hails, reason being, high surge is more worth it given the fact that they earn more doing lesser trips. To make matters worse, taxis are not required to clock the 250 daily mileage anymore!

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