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Hey! You Are A Taxi Driver, You Should Know What!


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Rafael

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Can you accept that a taxi driver (regardless of level of experience) do not know your destination, whether the route there or the location itself?

Can you accept that (being a paying customer) yourself direct a taxi driver to your destination?

What do you expect out from a Singapore taxi driver?
1. Ex-Ferrari driver?
2. Ambassador of Singapore, knowing everything inside-out about Singapore?
3. Knows all the delicious food locations island wide?
4. Knows all the.......???
 

erictan8888

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i think if you know the location and way there... no harm directing the taxi driver....
afterall, you want to get to your destination fast wat....

its not like "i am paying you and you should do all the work thingy"
that's a very bad mentality.....
if you are working, you also want your customers to treat you with respect...
what goes around comes around :)
 

CS TAN

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I can understand if it is a ulu place. Every one needs to get starts at some point. Perhaps you have a green horn taxi driver? And, I agree you should give the direction if you know how to get there. You really don't want him to drive around and chalk up the taxi fare.
 

synapseman

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One thing I noticed about S'porean taxi drivers: They die-die also won't refer to the street directory. Seriously, when was the last time you saw a taxi driver dunno how to get where you want to, and then pulled out the street directory?
 

calebk

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One thing I noticed about S'porean taxi drivers: They die-die also won't refer to the street directory. Seriously, when was the last time you saw a taxi driver dunno how to get where you want to, and then pulled out the street directory?
Have. I've experienced it first-hand before. ;)
 

synapseman

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don be so stereotype.. my dad drives a taxi and he does that. :)
Well stereotypes exist because (I feel) that there's a truth to it. Your dad is an exception, rather than the rule. Kudos. Of course there are cab drivers who provide excellent service, but seriously, by and large, how many other cabbies do you know of who use the street directory?
 

kelccm

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I have ever sat in a taxi where the driver uses GPS to locate the place I wanted to go. It was a Merc cab though.
 

madmacs

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don be so stereotype.. my dad drives a taxi and he does that. :)
i think your dad is one of the exceptions. ;p just like most of the cab drivers i see drive like maniacs, stop indiscriminately on a 1-lane road or in the middle of a junction to drop off a passenger, brakes suddenly and cuts to the leftmost lane to pick a passenger. :thumbsd:
 

Big Kahuna

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Can you accept that a taxi driver (regardless of level of experience) do not know your destination, whether the route there or the location itself?

Can you accept that (being a paying customer) yourself direct a taxi driver to your destination?

What do you expect out from a Singapore taxi driver?
1. Ex-Ferrari driver?
2. Ambassador of Singapore, knowing everything inside-out about Singapore?
3. Knows all the delicious food locations island wide?
4. Knows all the.......???
Once I board a yellow cab at Clementy MRT after waited in the line for more than 10mins....heading to NUS school of science at Heng Mui Keng Terrace....but the damn cabbie refuse to move said he doesn't know the destination....how many NUS do we have in our country? At the end LL...I have to switch to another cab....I wrote in to Citycab but in return I got the std reply said they will investigate....LL again :dunno:
 

JoeJerry

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the cabbie refused to move you may be due to a short distance between clementi and nus.
it would be another story it was from pasir ris.

Once I board a yellow cab at Clementy MRT after waited in the line for more than 10mins....heading to NUS school of science at Heng Mui Keng Terrace....but the damn cabbie refuse to move said he doesn't know the destination....how many NUS do we have in our country? At the end LL...I have to switch to another cab....I wrote in to Citycab but in return I got the std reply said they will investigate....LL again :dunno:
 

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how about taxi drivers who refuse to go to certain areas? like sungei gedong...camp driver pretend act blur don't know where gedong is or what armour units are.. (huh? armour si se moh?...pai seh my chinese not very good...you get my drift)

alot of taxi drivers don't like or refuse to go to gedong man...
 

night86mare

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Can you accept that a taxi driver (regardless of level of experience) do not know your destination, whether the route there or the location itself?
yes. unless i say "orchard road" and he stares at me like i'm from mars.

in which case i would get out of the cab immediately.
 

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I think some taxi drivers who say they dont know the route are just testing the passenger to see whether he knows the route or not, if the passenger does not know the route then the taxi driver can take him for a long detour ride.
 

ISOhunt

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i rather they ask instead of driving around in circles
 

madmacs

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the cabbie refused to move you may be due to a short distance between clementi and nus.
it would be another story it was from pasir ris.
lta and cab companies always say the cabby have to take you regardless of distance right? unless they are changing shift i think.:think: can complain ;p
 

JoeJerry

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well, it happened to me when i took cab from changi airport to tampines.
the cabbie was grumbling along the way.

lta and cab companies always say the cabby have to take you regardless of distance right? unless they are changing shift i think.:think: can complain ;p
 

Astin

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well, it happened to me when i took cab from changi airport to tampines.
the cabbie was grumbling along the way.
To be fair, the taxi driver probably queue up for >1hour to earn yr $10...I use to live in Loyang and have the same problem too. I am wondering whether LTA can change the airport taxi rule such that there is a minmum charge on taxi fare eg $20, and cancel the airport surcharge.
 

Big Kahuna

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the cabbie refused to move you may be due to a short distance between clementi and nus.
it would be another story it was from pasir ris.
Where got short....that's at least 5km distance in total....what happens if people want to travel from Clementi Ave1 to Ave3? Can he turn down due to short distance? :think:
 

madmacs

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To be fair, the taxi driver probably queue up for >1hour to earn yr $10...I use to live in Loyang and have the same problem too. I am wondering whether LTA can change the airport taxi rule such that there is a minmum charge on taxi fare eg $20, and cancel the airport surcharge.
who gets to keep the surcharge? my impression is that it is very lucrative to pick passengers at the airport. why else would cab drivers wait so long there?
 

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