My parents boarded a cab from Chinatown to our home which is situated in Yew Tee area just now. Total charges is $34.05! They were surprised at the amount they had to pay.
From the receipt:
From: 04/05/09 18:10
To: 04/05/09 19:07
KM Run: 24.0
Peak hrs 35%: $8.05
The cab took almost 1 hour to arrive at the destiny as there was a minor jam somewhere. I can accept that the fare will be slightly higher than normal, but if the original travel fare is slapped with another 35% which is $8.05, this brings it to an amount I find quite unacceptable.
OK, some may argue that it is the peak hour charge, but I am thinking "didn't the gov liberalised more taxi companies to enter the market, so that there is competition and consequently prices will come down?"
Nowadays, you will find many cabs wating along the road outside many shopping malls and causing a lot of inconveniences to the public buses entering and leaving the bus stops. Is this a sign of people choosing to travel less in cabs? If it really is, does it make sense to retain all these surcharges?
The taxi culture here is really weird. I had witnessed some people did not want to take certain cabs yesterday night at about 8.30pm++ at a taxi stand outside Westmall, so all these surcharges do play a role in people's behaviour afterall.
I wonder if anyone can memorise all the different surcharges of various taxi companies and at what time to take a cab so that they will not be penalised by our rather "thoughtful" service providers.
Have a nice day when traveling in cabs.