12 Jul '11, 2am

The no. of taxi fare cheats are on the rise, with 1,000 cases reported in the first half of 2011: ComfortDelGro

The no. of taxi fare cheats are on the rise, with 1,000 cases reported in the first half of 2011: ComfortDelGro

Prime Taxi driver Teo Bak Chwee encountered two fare cheats last month. -- ST PHOTO: SAM CHIN CABBY Teo Bak Chwee, 61, was twice unlucky last month when he encountered two fare dodgers. In the first incident, the Prime Taxi driver drove a woman in her 20s from Carpenter Street in Boat Quay to the Singapore Institute of Management in Clementi. With the meter reading $18.10, she said she needed to go to an ATM to withdraw money to pay him. He waited for 20 minutes, then got out of his taxi to look for her, but she was gone. A week later, he drove another woman in her late 20s from Boon Lay Shopping Centre to Bukit Batok Avenue 2. The fare was $7. She, too, pulled the same stunt. Said Mr Teo: 'This problem is becoming more and more serious. It's a trend.' His view may be based on only his anecdotal experience, but figures from taxi operators hint at an uptrend. ComfortDelGro,...

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