12 Dec '11, 1pm

[CNA] SMRT Taxis announces fare revision

SINGAPORE: SMRT Taxis will revise its cab fares from 20 December. The changes are broadly in line with what has been announced by ComfortDelGro. The flagdown rates are up 20 cents, and evening peak hours now stretch from 6pm to midnight, with a reduced, 25 percent surcharge. SMRT Taxis says it has to keep pace with other operators, so that its drivers will not feel "deprived of a better income opportunity". It adds that with rising costs, its 4,000 drivers need a more substantial income, not just lower costs or rental rates. Daily rental charges range from $71 to $130, which SMRT says are not excessive. ComfortDelGro's taxi fare revisions kicked in on Monday. The changes include an extended peak-hour surcharge from 6.00am to 9.30am. Previously, the surcharge started an hour later, at 7.00 am. ComfortDelGro cabbies on the morning shift said passenger numbers during the exte...

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