24 Jan '12, 2pm

Lukewarm taxi takings during LNY despite hike

SINGAPORE: This is the first Lunar New Year since the recent taxi fare hikes. Taxi drivers said takings are generally about the same as last year's despite the higher rates. But they declined to reveal any figures. For a minority, business is up by 10 to 15 per cent, but that could be dependent on where they ply their trade such as at hotspots like the airport and Marina Bay Sands. But this was not the case for some taxi drivers, who reported lower takings. Taxi driver Magendran said: "It's terrible, I think because of the fare increase this year. Not like last year or the previous year (when it) was wonderful." He also said that his takings on the two days leading up to the Lunar New Year were "very bad". "I am not surprised because (each) time they structure the fare, this is the problem we face as taxi drivers."

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