A Trans-Cab taxi caught fire along Moulmein Road near the slip road for the Central Expressway towards the Seletar Expressway on Wednesday afternoon (June 21) — the third such incident here involving the company in the last three months.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the fire at about 2.45pm. A fire engine, a red rhino, and two fire bikes were dispatched to the location.
Footage posted on social media showed that the taxi was a Chevrolet model. According to Trans-Cab’s website, the only Chevrolet cab it has is the Chevrolet Epica, which runs on diesel.
The fire involved the engine compartment of the taxi, said SCDF. It was extinguished using one water jet.
There were no reported injuries in the incident. The SCDF is investigating the cause of the fire.
On April 30, a Trans-Cab taxi caught fire and exploded near Buona Vista MRT station after being involved in an accident. Less than a month later, on May 22, another Trans-Cab taxi caught fire along Marymount Road near the junction of Sin Ming Avenue. In both these cases, the vehicle models are the Toyota Wish, which were powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).
Those two fires prompted the Land Transport Authority to order inspections of all CNG taxis and private vehicles.
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ComfortDelGro Taxi, the Republic’s largest taxi operator, is dangling double the reward points to lure commuters to hop onto its cabs within 24 hours of alighting from a bus or train ride.
The points earned can be used to redeem a variety of rewards, including instant discounts for taxi booking jobs via the ComfortDelGro app, taxi vouchers or free transfers to the airport via its CabRewards website.
For example, a S$10 cab ride, which would typically earn commuters 10 Cabpoints, will translate into 20 Cabpoints under the initiative, called CabRewards+, which was launched on Wednesday (June 28).
To qualify for the scheme, commuters need to sign up for a CabRewards+ account. On successfully activation, they can register up to two EZ-Link or NETS FlashPay cards, which will act as “membership cards”. At the end of their cab ride, they have to tap their registered cards on the cab’s cashless payment terminal to earn Cabpoints.
Speaking at the launch at Dhoby Ghaut MRT station, ComfortDelGro Taxi's chief executive officer Ang Wei Neng said this is the first time that bus and train rides are integrated with taxi rides in Singapore.
"We are constantly looking at new and innovative ways to improve the overall travel experience for our passengers," he said. "With this initiative, we hope to make their use of the multi-modal transport system all that more rewarding."
In the first phase, only commuters taking SBS Transit buses, the North-East Line and the Downtown Line, as well as the Punggol and Sengkang LRT systems will enjoy discounts on ComfortDelGro taxis.
But Mr Ang added that the company expects to extend the benefits to commuters taking buses or trains operated by other operators such as Go Ahead, SMRT and Tower Transit, subject to approval by the Land Transport Authority.
When asked if its latest move is aimed at beating competition from the likes of ride-hailing apps Grab and Uber, Mr Ang said: "Competition is everywhere, and we have to come up with a unique value proposition ... that will benefit our commuters."
pathetic effort by CDG.....
1000 cab rewards pts can exchange for S$5 taxi voucher.. so now u have to spend $500 (instead of $1000) to get a $5 voucher?
grab/uber alway give promo code of $4/$5 off nowadays.... with no minimum spend requirement..
cdG WANTS $$. tHEY SHOULD FIND WAYS TO PREVENT THEIR DRIVERS FM WORKING FOR GRAB..NO ??
shdn't be the negative way
they shd find ways to attract/keep drivers and pax to CDG
how to keep their drivers, whereby they still refuse to lower their rent for their hirers? they recently got new promotional rental rate of S$69/79 per day (althoughwith conditions), but current hirers not applicable?
so those current hirers will one by one switch to other companies with lower rental.. i think it is best that they can just park all their taxis.. their taxi fleet already reduced by 1000 units since start of 2016...
this is good competition
no point drive taxi liao, so cheap
even prostitute can earn more
all along pros earn a lot what
ComfortDelGro taxis seen waiting at the loading area of Amazon's warehouse at Toh Guan Road East in this photo taken around 7.30pm on July 28. Photo: Chris Koh
Confronted with a deluge of orders, Amazon’s Prime Now service has resorted to booking taxis — on top of tapping freelance drivers — to make deliveries.
Transport operator ComfortDelGro, which has the largest fleet here of almost 16,000 taxis, confirmed bookings through its call centre by Amazon Prime.
“They operated like any normal taxi bookings with at least one passenger on board each taxi,” ComfortDelGro group corporate communications officer Tammy Tan told TODAY.
Trans-Cab, the second-largest operator here with more than 4,400 taxis as of May, said it has not heard about its drivers taking such bookings, but was open to the arrangement “as long as drivers are able to make an income out of it”.
SMRT Taxis, Prime Taxi and HDT Singapore Taxi did not respond to TODAY’s queries by press time, while Premier declined comment.
On Friday, TODAY reported that freelance drivers here — some with ride-hailing firms Grab and Uber — were taking on deliveries for the online shopping giant’s “ultra-fast” service, drawn by an attractive hourly rate.
Around 7.30pm last Friday, seven ComfortDelGro taxis were spotted in the loading area of Amazon’s warehouse at Toh Guan Road East.
Private-hire car driver Chris Koh, 50, who gave the picture to TODAY, said a part-time Amazon staff member had told him that the taxis were roped in to do deliveries, as there were not enough cars.
Grab and Uber said their drivers are freelancers and can explore other sources of income, including deliveries.
Uber said its drivers decide when and how long they want to work, as well as the type of work to take on.
“More than 46 per cent” of its drivers here use the application less than 10 hours a week and 76 per cent have stated that they drive with the firm so that they can have flexible hours which they can spend with their families, said the Uber spokesperson.
Drivers told TODAY last week they were earning an hourly rate of up to S$30, comprising a basic wage of S$25 and a S$5 bonus, from making Amazon Prime deliveries.
Paying high wages is likely to be a temporary measure as the company builds its capabilities and meets demand, said transport economist Walter Theseira from the Singapore University of Social Sciences.
Amazon has a reputation as an “extremely efficient and low-cost” logistics operator overseas, especially in the United States, he noted.
“It’s completely inconsistent with how they run their operations in the US that they’d be using these high-cost sources for delivery in the long run ... If they were, I’d believe their shareholders would be extremely unhappy.”
Unless taxi drivers are allowed to make deliveries on their own, it is inefficient for two individuals — the taxi driver and his passenger — to be involved in each delivery, given high manpower costs here, said Dr Theseira.
Once demand stabilises and the firm has a “better sense of what’s going on”, it will put in place a more efficient delivery infrastructure, he said.
Hours into the shopping application’s official launch last Thursday, consumers were left disappointed after they were notified that delivery was “unavailable”. Some also experienced delays in downloading the app.
A check by TODAY at about 8pm yesterday showed deliveries were unavailable until between 10am and noon today, at the earliest.
Amazon spokesperson Amanda Ip said delivery windows were taken owing to “great customer response” and the firm was opening up windows rapidly.
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