Police and TD fighting
Originally posted by Reliefdriver4u:
Police and TD fighting
Think later the mata will pocket watever items inside the cab
Hope the cash td keep but later go police station everything also gone....
It's Friday evening and it has just started to drizzle. You try to book a taxi, but find there are none available.
It is frustrating but not really surprising - it is a known fact that demand for cabs skyrockets when it rains and on weekend nights, including Fridays.
However, besides demand spikes, there is a lesser known contributor to the dearth of cabs when you need one: gambling cabbies.
Industry observers estimate 5 to 10 per cent of taxi drivers are habitual gamblers.
Checks at carparks of the two integrated resorts reveal a sizeable number of parked cabs - often during peak demand hours for them. On horse-racing days - Fridays and weekends - carparks at satellite betting centres are also filled with taxis.
There are 10 such centres here, and the most popular one is in Bukit Merah. A recent check revealed more than 50 parked cabs there between 6pm and 7pm on a Friday.
Said Neo Nam Heng, chairman of the Prime group of companies, including Prime Taxi: "This is the worst problem of taxi drivers. And there's no rule to stop them."
Prime Taxi general manager Eric Ang said: "Gamblers do not only miss rental payments, (but) they are not meeting service requirements too.
"Their mentality is strange - instead of making money during the peak period, they'd rather gamble. Some of them will say: 'If I win, I will win more than the rental.' "
Premier Taxi managing director Lim Chong Boo said: "It is not a new problem, and it has worried us a lot all this while."
Trans-Cab general manager Jasmine Tan said gambling is one of the top causes of drivers missing rental payments, "but so are drinking and womanising".
"We try to help them by giving them a repayment scheme. But if they don't follow it, we terminate (their services)."
A ComfortDelGro spokesman said gambling is not a major problem, but that it is keeping a close watch on the situation.
The phenomenon is no comfort to commuters, who complain that it is often hard to find a cab even though Singapore has the highest taxi population per head among developed cities.
There are 5.2 cabs per 1,000 residents here, compared with 3.3 in London, 2.6 in Hong Kong and 1.5 in New York.
The situation is such that commuters are now choosing parallel taxi services on apps such as Uber and GrabTaxi - even when the cost of a ride is often much higher than that of a conventional cab.
Human resource consultant Alex Yew, 43, once saw close to 100 cabs in a carpark where a Singapore Turf Club betting centre is located. He said: "That was just one carpark - there are three carparks in the vicinity. If you multiply that by the number of betting centres around the island, it is a significant number of cabs.
"So I can understand why people feel that's it's difficult to get a taxi during peak hours."
The Straits Times talked to a couple of cabbies at the Resorts World Sentosa carpark earlier this month on the condition of anonymity.
Said one of them, a 40-something SilverCab driver: "It's my first time here. I've been to Las Vegas, Macau and Perth, but I've not been here."
Asked why he was visiting a casino when it was peak period for fares, he replied confidently: "I'm only driving part-time. I work in a logistics firm, I work 15 days, I get 15 days off.
"So I thought I'd drive a cab when I'm off. When I'm not driving, I'm with my family. We've a three-year-old, so I can't come here when I'm with them."Another cabby, with leading operator Comfort, denied that he was there to gamble.
"I am here to meet friends for dinner," the 50-something said as he was getting back into his taxi in the VIP section of the carpark just before 6pm.
"I was in the area, so I thought I'd call them to meet up for dinner."
Must be OMO drivers who drove at least 12 hours already meeting up with kakis (who are free on Friday nights) at casinos and taking their breaks. But these are drivers who would drive on saturdays and sundays when other drivers are resting. Most double-shifted drivers would go all the way on Friday nights as it is their best income night.
Some taxi drivers also like customers like to enjoy on Friday nights and these are taxi drivers that work longer hours and harder than customers.
Read this ( http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/taxi-rams-into-ground-floor-unit-in-commonwealth-avenue ). Accident at Commonwealth Avenue .
Fire fighting taxi drivers: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/fire-fighting-taxi-drivers .
Taxi driver droped lady in Geylang: http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/woman-calls-police-after-cabby-forced-her-alight-geylang-4am
Originally posted by FireIce:
grabcar or grabtaxi?
maybe the lady made mistake
used grabcar but key in code for grabtaxi
or the guy used wrong app
Episode 2: http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/grabcar-driver-responds-womans-allegations-she-refused-pay-full-fare .
nightmare pax la tis one lol
He suay, get this niao customer. Once in a while taxi drivers would get this kind of niao customers. She already had some distance of free ride so it is already $5 discount. Take taxi from there would arrive at destination cheaper. Besides, that place safe because near durian store. Made such a big fuss out of it by calling police over $5. Police specially come and go back dont know petrol already how much gone. Waste every body's time and money.
Episode 3: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/transport/grabcar-passenger-alleges-driver-verbally-abused-her-over-5-discount .
Uber driver got suspended. So Uber also does not protect drivers interest. So potential drivers would definitely be thinking twice before joining them despite their temporary incentives.
yeah, he could have dealt with the situation more amicably
y he so desperate to earn $5?
He did not want to earn that money when they could not agree with the price. He just did not want to lose another $5 again after 4 loses (4 times before he had to pay for $5 discounts [from espisode 2 news]).
My guess is he would spend a few months to get a taxi license (he would not have to deal with additional discounts as a regular taxi driver) or look for another job.
The GrabCar driver who quarrelled with his female passenger over a $5 discount has been sacked by the company.
Mr Winson Tong, 35, was accused by Ms Adeline Lok, 29, of verbally abusing and forcing her to alight from his vehicle last Wednesday (July 29) morning when he was unable to verify an SG50 promotion code that she attempted to use.
"After speaking to Winson and Adeline, we were able to confirm that the driver had flouted the strict regulations and standards of service we impose on all our drivers," said GrabTaxi in a statement on Monday (Aug 3).
"While this is unfortunate and a last resort, we have banned him from our GrabCar network.
"We take passenger safety and quality of service very seriously. Though this is an isolated incident, we take every precaution to ensure these remain so and we learn from each incident," the statement added.
GrabCar is an alternative service offered by GrabTaxi using private cars, instead of cabs.
In the latest twist to the saga, however, Mr Tong, who had only been a GrabCar driver for two weeks, told The Straits Times that he plans to take legal action against Ms Lok for defamation.
"I intend to pursue this matter and will be seeking legal advice from a lawyer," said Mr Tong. "She has shamed me unfairly online and marred my reputation over a trivial issue."
Ms Lok, who is self-employed, on July 29 told her side of the story on Facebook, which has been shared more than 4,200 times.
Among other things, she accused Mr Tong of insulting and threatening her, and had lodged a complaint with GrabTaxi about his behaviour.
The police was also called in, although they did not get involved in the dispute.
Both parties involved have claimed innocence, with Mr Tong saying that he never threatened his passenger. He also maintains that it was not his fault that he was unable to verify the promotion code, blaming it on technical issues suffered by GrabTaxi.
Ms Lok also wrote a follow-up Facebook post in response to netizens who criticised her for blowing up the issue on social media.
When informed of Mr Tong's intention to seek legal redress, Ms Lok said in an SMS message: "I will see him in court if need be."
Looks like the driver tried to pull a fast one. Read Adeline's latest post - CDG confirmed that the app showed a prompt for a $5 discount when Adeline booked the cab and keyed in the discount code.
He should have given the discount.
Case closed. Heard this fella is also a UberX driver. So he can go drive for UberX or join Transcab or others.