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  • Queen of sgForums
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    • Man tells 'on-call' female cabby to f*** off as she waits for passengers at Sentosa taxi stand

       

      Stomper Edwin alerted Stomp to a video on Facebook showing a Caucasian man confrontinga female cabby at the Sentosa Beach Station taxi stand and accusing her of being a racist.

      In the video, the man can be first seen asking the cabby to drive her taxi away from the taxi stand.

      The cabby tried to explain her actions saying that she was on call. The man however continued arguing with her.

      She then told him "this is Singapore, not wherever you are from", to which the latter replied "oh you are a racist, oh I get it you are a racist."

      The dispute then continued on for around a minute.

      The cabby involved gave an account of what happened in a post accompanying the video of the incident she posted on her Facebook page:

      "I was waiting for my passengers at Sentosa Beach Station when this man asked me to f*** off although there were no other empty cabs behind me.

      "He first gestured me to move my taxi off to which I ignored. 

      "He then asked me to f*** off to which I also ignored. 

      "I only came out when he started banging on my cab. He's just pissed that all cabs coming in are on call.

      "Which of part of "BUSY" shown on the cab does he not understand? Furthermore, I was not parked right in front of the taxi stand.

      "Just because I'm a lady, he thinks can 'makan' me? 

      "Sorry hor, wrong 'charbo' to mess with. You wanna take my pictures and all, go ahead. 

      "I've got plenty of witnesses."

      "And which part of "this is Singapore, not wherever you're coming from" is racist?!"

       

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  • bowah's Avatar
    17,392 posts since Jun '10
    • The so called Foreign Talent.. ang mo, dun even know what is racist and what is not, if dunno how to book a taxi, ask people for help lah.

      Last time got one ang mo also ask me which nos to call, I give him my casket office nos

  • Reliefdriver4u's Avatar
    1,667 posts since Oct '08
    • 4 vehicles involved in Scotts Road accident

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      A ComfortDelGro taxi was exiting Claymore Hill beside Shaw House when it hit a Toyota Alphart and a Hyundai Avante, then rammed into a passing Volvo on the other side of the road before coming to a halt.A ComfortDelGro taxi was exiting Claymore Hill beside Shaw House when it hit a Toyota Alphart and a Hyundai Avante, then rammed into a passing Volvo on the other side of the road before coming to a halt.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/ROADS.SG
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      AUG 31, 2016, 6:10 PM SGT

      SINGAPORE - A ComfortDelGro taxi left a trail of destruction on Scotts Road on Wednesday (Aug 31) afternoon.

      Exiting Claymore Hill beside Shaw House, it hit a Toyota Alphart and a Hyundai Avante. It then crashed through the centre divider and rammed into a passing Volvo on the other side of the road before coming to a halt.

      Mr Jumaat Azhar, 24, a senior retailer from the Michael Kors outlet, told The Straits Times that he dashed out on hearing a "loud bang" and saw the crashed taxi when he looked out of the store.

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      "The taxi driver was completely covered in blood, I think he was bleeding from his head and he was unconscious," said Mr Jumaat.

      The driver of the Hyundai Avante, Mr Rashid Hassim, 32, was heading to his office in Tampines from Ion Orchard, when the taxi hit his vehicle along Scotts Road.

      "My car spun. Now the left side of my body is in pain, from my chest to my leg," said the IT support engineer.

      He was taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital, together with the taxi driver, who is in his 60s, according to SCDF.

      The SCDF, which dispatched three ambulances to the scene after being alerted to the accident at 1.56pm, added that a boy who is believed to have been a passenger in the Volvo was also taken to KK Hospital.

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  • bowah's Avatar
    17,392 posts since Jun '10
    • Due to competition from apps ride and a depressive economy…many taxi Uncles cannot see open, so went into a depression, then start drinking, take drug….

      Yesterday all terminals taxi super long Q, Pax only 10

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    • Taxi availability rules to be reviewed by this year: Ng Chee Meng

      SINGAPORE: Amid growing competition from private car hire services, the Government will look to review Singapore’s taxi availability framework by the end of 2016, Senior Minister of State for Transport Ng Chee Meng said in Parliament on Tuesday (Sep 13).

      This is to “further level the playing field” between traditional taxi operators and its new rivals from app-based private car-sharing services such as Uber and GrabCar, said Mr Ng, who is also Acting Education Minister (Schools).

      Put in place since January 2013, the taxi availability standards require taxis to clock a minimum daily mileage and ply the roads during peak hours, according to the Land Transport Authority’s (LTA) website. Private car-sharing services, however, are not subjected to such requirements.

      With the rapid growth of newer ride-booking services, there may be room for adjustments to be made to the taxi availability standards, said Mr Ng.

      “We are monitoring the situation closely, gathering data on commuter preferences and availability of taxis on the roads so that, where appropriate, we will further level the playing field for the industry and review the taxi availability framework with a balanced view towards commuter needs and also the welfare of taxi drivers,” he added in response to a parliamentary question from Member of Parliament Desmond Choo.

      At the moment, the income of taxi drivers working for traditional operators have remained largely unaffected. According to Mr Ng, the average monthly gross earnings of taxi drivers, including rental feeds and fuel costs, have remained relatively unchanged since 2013, while average monthly net income rose by about 5 per cent in real terms due to lower fuel costs.

      Meanwhile, Mr Ng pointed out that nearly 80 per cent of all taxis are able to meet the daily minimum mileage requirement of 250 kilometres per day, with more than 75 per cent of these clocking more than 300 kilometres a day. In addition, the proportion of two-shift taxis have rose to 68 per cent, from 53 per cent, since the roll-out of the taxi availability framework three years ago, he said.

      - CNA/sk
  • bowah's Avatar
    17,392 posts since Jun '10
    • I LOVE THE MAYOR OF LONDON, SINKIE GOVT ONLY TCSS.

      The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has put his backing behind the capital’s famous black cabs as they face competition from Uber with new measures to support the industry.

      City Hall has promised to increase the number of taxi ranks around the city and increase access to bus lanes, while cab information will be added to Transport for London’s journey planning information online by next summer.

      The Taxi and Private Hire Action Plan was unveiled by City Hall on Tuesday morning amid a renewed battle between the transport regulator and Uber over rules governing its operations in the capital.

      But Khan has also promised to push through measures aimed at improving public safety such as English language tests and insurance requirements which Uber has sought to fight in the courts, as well as seeking additional rules that would include requiring minicab drivers to pass an advanced driving test before being allowed on the road.

      He is also calling for statutory definitions for private hire vehicles and taxis from the government to bring clarity across the industry which has been involved in a long standing dispute. Black cab drivers believe the Uber app constitutes “plying for hire” – picking up minicabs in the street – which is illegal.

      City Hall will also double the number of compliance officers on the streets and will offer traditional cabbies up to £7,500 in grants for switching to zero emission taxis as part of previously announced plans under Boris Johnson to reduce pollution in the capital.

      The trade group representing London’s black cab drivers welcomed the measures.

      “The taxi trade welcomes this plan and recognises its commitment to raising safety standards in the private hire industry. We particularly welcome the mayor’s decision to re-visit the requirement for operator insurance for private hire vehicles and his request that central government define plying for hire in statute,” said Steve McNamara, general secretary of the London Taxi Driver Association.

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  • Queen of sgForums
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    • Taxi caught travelling against traffic flow

       

       

      In a Facebook video that has been widely shared, an SMRT taxi is seen travelling against the flow of traffic on a one-way road.

      According to the video, the incident happened along Sims Avenue East on Monday at around 12pm.

      The video, which has been shared over 900 times, shows the driver who recorded the footage travelling in the middle of a four-lane road.

      After he passes a traffic junction, the taxi in question is seen approaching in the same lane from the opposite direction.

      The taxi then moves over to the next lane and drives away before the footage cuts off.

      The 15-second video clip of the incident was first posted on road safety community page Beh Chia Lor - Singapore Road. It has since been widely circulated on social media and posted on Stomp.

      SMRT said it had taken action against the driver, saying in a statement: "We treat this incident as a serious safety issue. We have taken the necessary disciplinary action against the driver."

      This is not the first time a vehicle travelling against the flow of traffic has been caught on camera.

      Last Thursday, a motorcyclist was seen riding against the traffic flow in Geylang Road, with a Traffic Police officer on his heels. The Straits Times understands that the motorcyclist and a pillion rider were later injured in an accident in Sims Avenue after they crashed.

      For driving or riding against the flow of traffic as indicated by traffic signs, drivers can be given six demerit points.

      While it is not known why the SMRT driver in the video was going in the wrong direction, some think he probably just made a mistake.

      Facebook user Lawrence Wong commented on the post, saying: "Most likely he's new in this trade and took a wrong turn instead of intentionally driving against traffic."

      The police said no one had reported the latest incident. They were unable to comment on how many cars are caught going against the flow of traffic.

      A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 15, 2016, with the headline 'Taxi caught travelling against traffic flow'.
  • bowah's Avatar
    17,392 posts since Jun '10
    • Newbie lah, knn F1 driving against the traffic and block all the roads, all Singaporean clap hand, one newbie learning his trade and went into the wrong direction, all kpkb…point finger at taxi…

      If in America, all drivers would had sued the govt for closing the road for F1, we paid damn high road tax one hor, end up, road cannot use, and still paying. Phuixx

  • Pandanchen's Avatar
    1,166 posts since Dec '09
    • He then said: "Uncle can lick your private parts. It will be very enjoyable" and "Uncle can stop by the side of the road".

       

      Afraid, the victim messaged her father and the friend she had dropped off. She also told Ong her father was a policeman and that he was waiting for her outside their home.

       

      Later, when the friend's call to the victim was placed on speaker mode, he asked the cabby why he was making lewd comments. Ong replied that he was teaching the victim some "life experience". The friend could also hear Ong laughing over the phone.

       

      The victim's father later arrived at Yishun North NPC to find her crying in a room. An investigation officer also saw the victim crying and looking "a bit traumatised", while Ong "appeared to be sleeping".

       

      Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Daphne Lim asked for at least three weeks' jail. She noted that Ong was a public transport worker who had abused the trust placed on him.

       

      She added that Ong had not shown any remorse during his trial. Among other things, he alleged that the police investigation officer had abused her authority and deceived him into signing his statements, and fabricated parts of his statements.

       

      Said DPP Lim: "The offence had taken place in the confined space of a taxi in the late hours of the night, while the victim was left alone with (Ong), and the victim was placed in a heightened sense of fear as a result of the words uttered by (Ong).

       

      "The fact that she alerted both her friend and her father, and was in tears by the time she was at the NPC, is indicative of the helplessness and fear that was instilled in her by (Ong's) disgusting conduct."

       

      The maximum punishment for insulting the modesty of a woman is a year's jail and a fine.

  • bowah's Avatar
    17,392 posts since Jun '10
    • If buangkok green decided to screen all taxi drivers of Singapore for any mental illness, I guess 1/2 of them may fail.

  • Queen of sgForums
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    • Traffic police appeal for information on errant SMRT taxi

       

       

      The traffic police are asking members of the public for information on an SMRT taxi that travelled against the flow of traffic. 

      The incident apparently took place last Monday (12 September) at around noon along Sims Avenue East, and was captured on video by Facebook user George Teo. The clip was posted by road safety community page Beh Chia Lor - Singapore Road.

      In the 15-second video, an SMRT taxi is seen driving against the flow of traffic on a one-way road, before veering into another lane. The clip has since been shared more than 1,000 times. 

      SMRT has reportedly taken disciplinary action against the driver.

      According to traffic police, they are aware of the incident and are looking into the matter. 

      “We would like to request anyone with more information on the incident to lodge a police report at any Neighbourhood Police Centre/Post or online via the ‘E-FEEDBACK ON ROAD USERS’ portal at www.police.gov.sg/epc/index.html,” said a traffic police spokesman. 

       

       

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    • Over 20,000 taxis to get red light, speed camera alerts

      SINGAPORE: Come October, more than 20,000 taxis islandwide will be kitted out with mobile data terminals that will alert drivers when they approach red lights and speed cameras.

      The roll-out follows a trial of the mobile data terminals involving 3,812 ComfortDelGro taxis from Oct 2015 to March. The Traffic Police found that when taxi drivers were alerted to traffic enforcement camera locations, speeding violations decreased by 40 per cent and violations for running red lights fell by 34 per cent.

      From October onwards, the software will be rolled out to 17,000 ComfortDelGro taxis and 3,500 SMRT taxis. The Traffic Police said that new features, like alerts for accident hotspots will also be introduced in October, but did not provide more details. 

      This announcement was made on Tuesday (Sep 20) at the launch of a road safety initiative called Cabtains of RoadSense. Bumper stickers with road safety messages will be affixed on 500 ComfortDelGro and SMRT taxis. 

      - CNA
  • bowah's Avatar
    17,392 posts since Jun '10
    • Knn lah, this will affect my casket and yr ambulance business.

      I hate the voice, keep talking and talking, want to listen to my Feng fei fei song also cannot hear properly, knn. Tu lan Jiao, off the volume.

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    1,207 posts since Mar '13
    • As expected, only the two temasek linked companies are interested.  The other 3 simply bo chap.

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    • Taxi driver, woman arrested for contraband cigarette scheme

      SINGAPORE: A 44-year-old taxi driver and a 46-year-old woman have been arrested after Singapore Customs officers busted them with a large stash of duty-unpaid cigarettes.

      In a media release on Wednesday (Sep 21), the authorities said the duo were arrested last Friday after officers witnessed the woman loading two big blue plastic bags into the taxi's boot in a condominium car park in Still Road South. 

      They found 70 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes in the plastic bags, Customs said.

       

      Investigations revealed that the woman, a Chinese national, paid the taxi driver S$1,000 to rent a unit in the condominium under his name and hired him to assist in the delivery of the duty-unpaid cigarettes. 

      Officers uncovered 612 cartons and 156 packets of duty-unpaid cigarettes inside several boxes and bags in the apartment, as well as another five cartons and five packets of contraband cigarettes in the taxi driver's HDB flat in Kallang Bahru, according to the authorities.

      In total, the duties and Goods and Services Tax (GST) evaded in this case were more than S$58,840 and S$5,750 respectively, they added. 

      The woman had previously been charged for other offences involving duty-unpaid cigarettes in April 2015, but had absconded while on bail. 

      Following her re-arrest, court proceedings for the woman and the taxi driver are now ongoing, the authorities said. 

      Singapore Customs Assistant Director-General for Intelligence and Investigation Yeo Sew Meng said the authority was keeping a close watch on illegal activities in residential areas.

      “We also urge members of the public, in particular landlords and security personnel, to report to Singapore Customs any suspected duty-unpaid cigarette activities which they observe and help us stop such criminal activities from taking place in their neighbourhood,” said Mr Yeo. 

      Those possess or deal with duty-unpaid goods can be fined up to 40 times the amount of duty and GST evaded, and jailed for up to six years, Customs said.

      The minimum court fine for first-time and repeat offenders of tobacco-related offences is S$2,000 and S$4,000 respectively, while repeat offenders who are caught with more than two kilogrammes of tobacco products will face mandatory jail sentences. 

      - CNA/mz
  • Taxilim88's Avatar
    1,207 posts since Mar '13
    • "The woman had previously been charged for other offences involving duty-unpaid cigarettes in April 2015, but had absconded while on bail."

      She is a wanted criminal for jumping bail for the same offence. How come the customs officers never arrest her when they see her and instead waited for her to load the bags?

      Waiting to collect more evidence or simply Police and Customs under the same Ministry do not share info.?

  • bowah's Avatar
    17,392 posts since Jun '10
    • You mean you cannot get hold of a PRC 46yo woman who jumped bail for an offence, my goodness! is Singapore that big as china?? Anyone jumped bail will ultimately listed in the Interpol wanted person. Police and ICA offices nicer than taxi company office but cannot perform.

      As a citizen, I should charge ICA and police force for it incompetency leading to more crime created which is detrimental to this society and country we called Singapore.

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    • Taxi ploughs into man at Marina Bay Sands Tower 1

      SINGAPORE: A 52-year-old taxi driver and a 70-year-old pedestrian were taken to the hospital on Saturday (Sep 24), after an accident at Marina Bay Sands Tower 1. 

       

      Dashboard camera footage making the rounds on social media shows a Trans-Cab taxi ploughing into a man a few metres away from a zebra crossing. The impact sent the man flying and the driver was seen emerging from the cab after it came to a stop in front of a row of bushes. 

       

      Some viewers may find the following video disturbing.

       

      Police said the accident involved a taxi, a car and a pedestrian at the Tower's driveway. They were alerted to the incident at 1.30pm.

       

      The taxi driver and pedestrian were both conscious when taken to the Singapore General Hospital, the police added. Investigations are ongoing.

       

      - CNA/mo

  • Reliefdriver4u's Avatar
    1,667 posts since Oct '08
    • Originally posted by QX179R:

      Taxi ploughs into man at Marina Bay Sands Tower 1

      SINGAPORE: A 52-year-old taxi driver and a 70-year-old pedestrian were taken to the hospital on Saturday (Sep 24), after an accident at Marina Bay Sands Tower 1. 

       

      Dashboard camera footage making the rounds on social media shows a Trans-Cab taxi ploughing into a man a few metres away from a zebra crossing. The impact sent the man flying and the driver was seen emerging from the cab after it came to a stop in front of a row of bushes. 

       

      Some viewers may find the following video disturbing.

       

      Police said the accident involved a taxi, a car and a pedestrian at the Tower's driveway. They were alerted to the incident at 1.30pm.

       

      The taxi driver and pedestrian were both conscious when taken to the Singapore General Hospital, the police added. Investigations are ongoing.

       

      - CNA/mo

       

       

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arBmI6SEkaI

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