12 Dec '11, 12pm

SMRT to raise flag-down rates for standard taxis

SMRT, the third largest taxi operator here with 3,000 cabs, will raise flag-down rates for standard taxis by 20 cents from next Monday (Dec 20). Its flag-down rate for its Mercedes taxis, meanwhile, will go up by 70 cents. Distance-based charges will also increase by between two and three cents per kilometer, on the average. Booking fares for standard taxis will be reduced by 20 cents and all location surcharges will remain the same, SMRT said in a statement this evening. SMRT will also remove its public holiday surcharge. The flag-down fare, and both normal and advance bookings for the operator's Chrysler luxury taxi remain unchanged. "Our drivers need a more substantial level of income, not just lower costs or rental rates, in order to cope with the increasing cost of living and higher diesel prices, and continue their businesses," SMRT said. "Rental rates at SMRT Taxis ...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC111212-0000122/SM...

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