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More commuters booking limousines on rainy days

Commuters willing to pay higher cost of service when taxi crunch is worse

Published on Oct 15, 2012 6:00 AM
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Limo Cars general manager Lo Kai Jie said his company rarely received last-minute requests for one-way transfers four years ago, when it started. Now it gets as many as 20 of them during bad weather. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

More commuters are booking limousine services on rainy days and during peak hours, when the taxi crunch is at its worst. But some operators of these limousine services say they are not in a big rush to meet such demand, because of the disruption and strain it can put on their fleet.

Most of the 15 commuters interviewed by The Straits Times said they were willing to pay for a limousine ride when cabs are scarce. Mr Andy Williams, 34, said he and his wife took one when they had to get home from the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal after a holiday in Bintan.

"The place was packed and we couldn't get a taxi at all," the sales director said. "We couldn't even phone for one." He paid a flat rate of $50 for the limousine, which was waiting at a designated counter of the terminal.

"It wasn't quite worth it, but at the time I really wanted to get home," said the British citizen, who has lived in Singapore for four years.

 
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