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08 July 2006 @ 12:55 am
from a "regular taxi commuter"  
i was just flipping through the new paper when i came across an article on the taxi-fare hikes scheduled for effect this coming monday. so it goes, blah blah blah blah...

LOWER THAN OTHER CITIES
But cab fares here are already lower than in many other cities.
According to Land Transport Authority statistics for 2005, the basic taxi fare for a 10km trip in Singapore is about $8.
In Hong Kong, the same trip would cost about $15 while in New York, it would be $18 and in London, $28.
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umm, i don't know about hong kong, but how much more do people earn in new york and in london for approximately the same types of jobs than do people over here? i kinda think that was a really lousy comparison; correct me if i'm wrong.

okay, so i'm darn pissed 'cos i'm either gonna turn up very late for everything in future, or i'm gonna go like super broke... 'cos i haven't discovered a way as of yet to waking up on time for stuff. heehee.
 
 
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wokking_ironywokking_irony on July 7th, 2006 08:38 pm (UTC)
so that's what the progress package was for!
hmm the shrewd govt sure know how to shut the most disgruntled group of ppl up first - the taxi drivers..
a little less than the girl next doorin_transit on July 8th, 2006 06:26 am (UTC)
hehe, but nothing the government does can be right--the taxi drivers are still complaining about how their business will be affected now that everybody's gonna cut back on their taxi spending!

they're saying that they oughta get lower rental fees instead. i wouldn't disagree, since that would effectively (hopefully) shift the burden away from us consumers.
Justinagooddaytolive on July 8th, 2006 02:04 pm (UTC)
precisely, the companies won't wanna lower rental charges because of their bottomline, hence they raise the prices. rental will eventually increase...
wokking_ironywokking_irony on July 8th, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC)
i see.. they've got a point!
hmm i wonder how bad is the fare hike going to be..
a little less than the girl next doorin_transit on July 11th, 2006 08:03 pm (UTC)
well, if you're calling for taxi at peak hour, i think your fare will be $8.50 even before you go anywhere. not to mention the meter jumps at lesser kilometres travelled.