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  • Poolman's Avatar
    39,696 posts since Oct '03
    • nabey never listen .... new bird be a relief lah , do what hirer ??????

       

    • Be a relief , drive nearby taxi is good , walking distance type to home type from carpark .

      What company same one lah ....

      If u good cat , can catch mouse type ...... consider good cat liao .

      U lousy idle cat , cannot work type , drive what also die cock stand .

      If need a GPS to drive , then u can forget about driving a cab .....  go for a new familiarisatione exercise before u drive .

  • foolsh_2000's Avatar
    1,450 posts since Nov '11
    • i saw a few old white haired old lady driving SMART green colored taxi,they really motivated me!i mean how many old white hair old lady driving taxi?most will be contend to work in coffee shops collecting plates and pans!me a man who is 50 plus and able body can't drive a nissan taxi?shame on me!

  • alpacino's Avatar
    36 posts since Nov '12
    • - Cash
      Thanks for your input, but you care to elaborate and share.
      Are our Sinkie driversn all so anti TDs ?

      - PS2U
      Thanks for dropping by.
      I am quite familiar with the general direction of places.
      We can always ask the passengers for directions when nearer their
      destinations, right ?
      When I ride in a cab, I will always tell them which way I want to go by
      when I first board.

      - Ohyaitsme
      Thanks, I plan and will do that.

      - Khoon
      I am sure many of us would prefer to have a normal job 9-5 job with good salary, full CPF, medical etc etc.
      Sometimes its circumstances beyond our control that leads one to make certain decisions.
      Right or wrong, we have to make the best of and live with it.
      I understand that it’s not going to be an easy job but I am no U grad or even a Poly grad and passed 55 already so getting a regular 3-4 K job will not be easy.

      - ct220
      Sorry I can’t read Chinese, can translate please ?

      - Poolman
      I am no rebel nor a Yes man but neither am I a Maverick.
      I am always reasonable and considerate, talk about the problem, not the person.

      - Poolman
      nabey never listen …. new bird be a relief lah , do what hirer ??

      YOU TALKING TO ME ??? ( remember this quote by Robert de Niro from the show ? )

      I am still looking at my options, nothing is decided yet, have not even gone for my nedical yet.

      - foolsh2000
      i saw a few old white haired old lady driving SMART green colored taxi,they really motivated me!i mean how many old white hair old lady driving taxi?most will be contend to work in coffee shops collecting plates and pans!me a man who is 50 plus and able body can’t drive a nissan taxi?shame on me!

      YOU TALKING TO ME ? YES YOU, YOU TALKING TO ME ??

      Yes I have seen and in fact talk one driven by a “not so white haired” lady recently.
      Which also motivates me to give this TD thing a shot. It may or may not work out for me
      but I won’t know until I gave it a good shot.
      To do a Manual or a Auto cab is a choice anyone can make, rite ?

      Thanks and appreciate all those who have contributed here and safe drive all.

  • bowah's Avatar
    12,496 posts since Jun '10
    • Originally posted by foolsh_2000:

      i saw a few old white haired old lady driving SMART green colored taxi,they really motivated me!i mean how many old white hair old lady driving taxi?most will be contend to work in coffee shops collecting plates and pans!me a man who is 50 plus and able body can't drive a nissan taxi?shame on me!


      shame ki lan, shame pple dun drive taxis one lah, drive taxis must not be ashame, thick skin and dare to do the different

  • D1 goodqty's Avatar
    7 posts since Oct '12
    • Hi alpacino,

      This is my first post and I am a newbie taxi uncle.
      I shared the same working life problems as u except that I am 5 yrs older than you.

      Some of the advices here are worth considering, like being a relief first and then work yourself up from there.

      When I first registered for a cab, my plan was to go OMO, after going through posts here, I got myself a relief driver and is thankful for the advice I received here and the decision I have made.

      After about 10 days of manning a cab, let me tell you it is really tough driving a 12-hour shift for guys our age.
      For your info, prior to this, I have been driving for the past 40yrs averaging 45 to 50k km per year. Casual driving is very different from driving a cab. Casual driving counts for nothing in driving a cab. Casual driving is more forgiving.

      I am also a route idiot.
      I bought myself a search friendly GPS. Paxs now are different, before you could reach for your GPS, they already have the route plotted out in their mobile phones – meaning they are very receptive to this mode of routing.

      Another advice from the forum worth taking note of is, asking pax for directions.
      Do it. they will directed you willingly.

      Alot that are written here by old birds come from their many years of driving experiences.
      Seperate the woods from the trees and go for it and adjust as you get along.

      What is my take for my mere 10 days of cab driving?
      I am doing fine. No the 7k of earnings as reported, but enough for the 3 daily meals and some.

      For a newbie hirer with a relief like me, it is nice knowing that half your rental is already in the pocket when you start out each morning.

      PM me, perhaps we can sit down for a chit chats between two TD wannabes.

  • alpacino's Avatar
    36 posts since Nov '12
    • Yes agree with you bowah . . . .
      Nothing wrong with being a TD, it’s a honest way of making a living.

      Hello D1, finally a newbie . . . . . . . .

      Appreciate you taking time to read my post and sharing your experience with me.

      Yes, will like to have a Kopi with you someday soon. I will PM you my number and we can fix a suitable time and place to meet and share.

  • bowah's Avatar
    12,496 posts since Jun '10
    • Originally posted by alpacino:

      Yes agree with you bowah . . . .
      Nothing wrong with being a TD, it’s a honest way of making a living.

      Hello D1, finally a newbie . . . . . . . .

      Appreciate you taking time to read my post and sharing your experience with me.

      Yes, will like to have a Kopi with you someday soon. I will PM you my number and we can fix a suitable time and place to meet and share.


      But hor, having said that, if you got other options like A, B and C, dun pick up taxi driving unless you pick D) None of the above

  • alpacino's Avatar
    36 posts since Nov '12
    • Hello again all bros,

      i took the TDVL test last Friday and luckily passed at the first attempt.

      Must say the test is quite tough, a lot of my course mates didn't mmake it 

      the first time, especially those who are not so good in English.

      Collecting my VL tmr but in the meantime have been down to some of the

      taxi operators to check on rentals and incentives etc etc.

      Went to Comfort to register as relief but was told need to get VL first before 

      I can register but collected the Hirer looking for Relief list anyway.

      Found two suitable hirers ( correct timing and I can get to him by MRT or walk )

      but they have already found their reliefs.

      Besides the channel above, any other way to find a hirer to partner ?

      Maybe someone here looking for relief who have not posted in the sticky ?

      Appreciate any help, thanks.

      PS - Poolman, I will send you a PM to check if its ok for me to post some details here.

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    1,741 posts since Aug '11
  • alpacino's Avatar
    36 posts since Nov '12
    • Haha, but thanks Andrew for the " hellish" welcome . .  . . . 

      I know it's not going to be "a walk in the park" kind of job but I am not a 30 something looking to earn $7,000.00 a month and still have time for lunch and dinner with family and hobbies to boot . . . . .  hehe

       

  • Poolman's Avatar
    39,696 posts since Oct '03
    • good to know ts driving relief , u may put your name in www.cabby.sg or in this forum . 

      hougang kovan area not difficult to find day shift . 

      if u dun mind 5am to 3pm , u may contact hammerhammer , he just got a buddy that signed up toyota wish staying at punggol sengkang area , temporary drive also good .

      if u dun want to wait lah , find day shift must be patient one .

      after cny even beter chances , cos traditionally this is key throwing period .  

  • alpacino's Avatar
    36 posts since Nov '12
  • Red5xx's Avatar
    2,592 posts since May '10
    • Originally posted by Poolman:

      good to know ts driving relief , u may put your name in www.cabby.sg or in this forum . 

      hougang kovan area not difficult to find day shift . 

      if u dun mind 5am to 3pm , u may contact hammerhammer , he just got a buddy that signed up toyota wish staying at punggol sengkang area , temporary drive also good .

      if u dun want to wait lah , find day shift must be patient one .

      after cny even beter chances , cos traditionally this is key throwing period .  

      5am to 3pm? lai lai i oso wan...angry.png

  • alpacino's Avatar
    36 posts since Nov '12
    • Originally posted by Poolman:
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      5am to 3pm? lai lai i oso wan...angry.png

       

      You want to get relief for those hours or you want to drive those hours ?

  • Red5xx's Avatar
    2,592 posts since May '10
    • Originally posted by alpacino:

      5am to 3pm? lai lai i oso wan...angry.png

       

      You want to get relief for those hours or you want to drive those hours ?

      i dun have fully paided pte property, so u think le....

  • eurocab's Avatar
    422 posts since Nov '12
    • Why newbie must jump to CDG first? Cannot drive Red or Silver first meh? I listen to Poolman and commit suicide by taking a Silver Arrow, silver simi call? sometimes listen to LV and silver talkie, LV page already no takers then silver talkie page same job.....

      But I never regret taking Silver as a newbie, firstly, being forced to sweep, forget about calls, all are leftovers that CDG and SMRT dun want one.....Sweeping and knowing where pax are at what time, very important no matter which co joined. Dunno how to sweep, then can eat grass liao. So far almost 2 months liao, I already have a banned list of locations.....go there sure empty come out one.....

      My view is to leave CDG and SMRT as the last choice, join other company first, as least if you screw up as a newbie, you won't be penalized or sacked. When zai already, can join CDG, take calls......

      But I dun intend to lah, unless CDG come out VW cabs...... Otherwise, I rather stick to my silver arrow......

  • JoeRaj's Avatar
    1,274 posts since Dec '11
    • Originally posted by eurocab:

      Why newbie must jump to CDG first? Cannot drive Red or Silver first meh? I listen to Poolman and commit suicide by taking a Silver Arrow, silver simi call? sometimes listen to LV and silver talkie, LV page already no takers then silver talkie page same job.....

      But I never regret taking Silver as a newbie, firstly, being forced to sweep, forget about calls, all are leftovers that CDG and SMRT dun want one.....Sweeping and knowing where pax are at what time, very important no matter which co joined. Dunno how to sweep, then can eat grass liao. So far almost 2 months liao, I already have a banned list of locations.....go there sure empty come out one.....

      My view is to leave CDG and SMRT as the last choice, join other company first, as least if you screw up as a newbie, you won't be penalized or sacked. When zai already, can join CDG, take calls......

      But I dun intend to lah, unless CDG come out VW cabs...... Otherwise, I rather stick to my silver arrow......

      Very good analysis.

      I stick with CDG because those days only CDG is king, only got green cab, yellow top and citycab just start - all the si gina go there.

      Those days MDT just start, but bowah one, always kena hijack, but those days CDG is like Silver or TC now. Nobody care about you, complain also tak jalan.

      So when I restarted, naturally I go back to CDG, altho CDG now and then is totally different. But maybe if I knew the situation on the ground I might not have gone back.

      That said, CDG as screwed up as they are still got some virtues especially if you're the hardworking type - anyhow sweep or a hirer. Gots calls, got better repair facilities. If you are the obedient type and cincai type just look at the bottom dollar than CDG not bad for you.

      But if you like me, then perhaps not a good choice, that said even CDG can find hirer or relief easier. If you get good hirer or relief, you will think might as well stay on. If kena red card, then red card lor. It's not about the company it's about the individual.

  • foolsh_2000's Avatar
    1,450 posts since Nov '11
    • if say like that,how to find hirer to drive their taxi?but funny always gotwaiting list for their taxi?

  • Poolman's Avatar
    39,696 posts since Oct '03
    • Originally posted by eurocab:

      So far almost 2 months liao, I already have a banned list of locations.....go there sure empty come out one.....


      Is it the 三山五港?

      Bukit Batok

      Bukit Panjang

      Kaki Bukit ???

      蔡厝港 林厝港 杨厝港 盛港 后港 ???

    • Originally posted by foolsh_2000:

      if say like that,how to find hirer to drive their taxi?but funny always gotwaiting list for their taxi?


       a few options .... go taxi companies put your name in the listing .

      or www.cabby.com.sg list your contact .

      or this forum .

      Mine ?

      I go down 10pm at my house area those multi storey car park , paste my contact on their windscreen .

      "Relief looking for hirer , willing to drive 6 days , 5am to 5pm , pls contact me , Mr . Lee @ 9876-5432 . Staying around this area ."

      Edited by Poolman 04 Feb `13, 3:14PM
    • Originally posted by Red5xx:

      5am to 3pm? lai lai i oso wan...angry.png


      Alpacino he dun mind relief for 5am and handover cab at 3pm ..... anyone at Kovan area , driving night , trying to find a day relief , can let alpcino try try play play ......

    • As for Eurocab , when u drove a Skoda ....... u will never find a better machine to drive than a Skoda .

      Except the Wish 2.0 is near ...... the rest stand aside , far far one side .

    • Best cab in ranking i ever drove .

      1.Skoda

      2.Wish 2.0

      3.Wish 1.8

      4.Hyundai Sonata ( less than 1 year old )

      5.Toyota Corona 2000cc ( manual )

      6.Toyota Crown 3000cc ( less than 1 year old )

      7.Toyota Crown 2700cc ( 4 years old )

      8.Mercedes

      9.Kia Magentis

    • My example and advice .

      Which cab is good to drive is very important .

      No point driving a cab , after few hours here pain there pain , how to earn when here pain there pain ?????

      Currently i driving a Skoda , this machine in terms of Comfort , they are ahead of all including Wish 2.0 .

      Why Wish 2.0 is good to drive ? Cos it is smooth and quieter engine  .

      Downside of Skoda , smooth but engine like lorry ( due to diesel powered ) .

      Of course their noise reduction sealing very well done . Typical continental design .

       

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