The Straits Times
Published on Nov 29, 2012

Don't allow shift change at peak hours


WHILE taxi companies will be required to ensure that 70 per cent of their taxis are out during peak hours from January ("Benchmarks set for taxis to meet demand"; last Saturday), the reality is that many cabbies also happen to change shifts during the evening rush hour and will be driving empty cabs if they are not able to pick up a fare heading in the same direction.

This effectively reduces the actual number of taxis serving the evening rush-hour commuters, even though the taxis are technically considered to be on the road.

To ensure that taxis plying the roads during the rush hour are catering to the rush-hour crowd, taxi companies should ban cabbies from changing shifts between 5pm and 7.30pm.

Liew Chin Wen