While there have been calls to impose a minimum age limit for private-hire car drivers, younger drivers interviewed hope there will not be any such restrictions.They say driving is a good source of income and can be a viable career. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM. Enjoy unlimited access to ST's best work Exclusive stories and features on multiple devicesIn-depth analyses and opinion piecesePaper and award-winning multimedia content Subscribe Now … [Read more...] about Young private-hire drivers not in favour of minimum age limit
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While the Public Transport Council (PTC) has been given power to oversee private-hire car fares, it will not regulate fare levels, set caps or provide fare algorithms, Senior Minister of State for Transport Janil Puthucheary told Parliament. A new licensing regime for private-hire car operators will take effect from June next year after the Point-to-Point (P2P) Passenger Transport Industry Bill was passed yesterday. The PTC Act was also amended to give the council powers to ensure fares are clear and transparent. But in response to MPs who called for limits on surge pricing, Dr Janil said fare levels are best left to market forces. "Many of the advantages and benefits that we have seen over the last few years... have come about precisely because the fares have been allowed to work as an efficient resource matching mechanism," he said. ISSUES Eleven MPs debated the new P2P sector law, raising issues such as driver income and welfare, market competition, and safety. A point of contention … [Read more...] about Private-hire car operators to be licensed
Some private-hire drivers here are using modified apps of ride- hailing firms such as Grab and Gojek to cheat the system. Bootleg versions of these apps allow drivers to bypass verification, fake their location, cancel jobs without being penalised and, in some cases, view private customer information. The New Paper understands that some drivers have been caught and penalised with warnings and suspensions. Checks by TNP found a thriving online community dedicated to hacking and modifying these apps. Some people are also offering their services on online forums and messaging apps to drivers who lack the technical expertise to do it themselves. One such advertisement touted such services at a monthly rate of $350 for the Grab Driver app and $200 for the Gojek app. Last week, Facebook user Boon Tat Tan alleged that some Grab drivers were using hacked apps to cancel and decline rides without consequence, or collude to force a pricing surge for higher fares. He told TNP that drivers like … [Read more...] about Private-hire drivers caught hacking Grab, Gojek apps
Ride-hailing is a very lucrative business in Singapore. And although there've been many players who've tried to join the fray, few of them ever had a chance against Grab and ComfortDelGro. Could GoJek - the newest contender - be the one to break up the duopoly? The Indonesia-based operator has been in Singapore for about half a year, and now has a sizeable fleet of drivers and users. Personally I'm thrilled - after all, the stiffer the competition, the better the discounts, right? Let's compare the 3 ride-hailing services and take a closer look at their pricing models and other features. Many factors can influence your ride prices - what time it is, how far away your destination is, how many drivers/riders are nearby, and even whether or not it's raining. For this price comparison, I'm using an example journey from the MoneySmart office in Commonwealth to Orchard ION at around 4pm (off-peak) on a Friday. Ride-hailing service Price for a ride from Commonwealth to Orchard ION (7.1km) … [Read more...] about GoJek vs Grab vs Comfort Taxis in Singapore
Singaporeans love travelling to Johor Bahru for a short getaway or grocery shopping, thanks to the favourable exchange rates. There are multiple ways of travelling to JB from Singapore, but which is the cheapest way to get there? We compare 4 common modes of transport: train, bus, car, and taxi. COST OF TRAVELLING TO JOHOR BAHRU BY TRAIN For those who are in a hurry to get to JB and want to avoid the traffic jams on the Johor-Singapore Causeway, taking the train may be your preferred route. While travelling via the Causeway can take up to 6 hours during peak periods, going by train will take merely 5 minutes. The trains are operated by Malaysia's KTM Berhad and runs daily on regular timings. You can opt to purchase train tickets on KTM's official website before your trip, or buy tickets on the spot at Woodlands Train Checkpoint. It is slightly cheaper for you to buy your tickets at the KTM counter itself, but there is a risk that tickets have been all sold out by then. Train Ticket … [Read more...] about Cheapest way to travel to JB: Train, bus, car or taxi?