The National Private Hire Vehicles Association hopes that the Land Transport Authority will exercise flexibility and consider opening up taxi stands to private-hire vehicles (27 drivers caught flouting new rules for private-hire cars; Sept 5).
Taxi stands were set up in the days when taxis were the only providers of point-to-point car passenger services.
Today, private-hire vehicles carry possibly as many passengers as taxis each week.
Private-hire vehicles also vastly outnumber taxis on the roads.
With the number of taxis and taxi rides falling, taxi stands are not being optimally used if private-hire vehicles are not allowed to use them.
The public tends to use the same mobile application to choose between a taxi and a private-hire vehicle.
It is odd that a passenger who uses an application to call for a taxi can be picked up or dropped off at a taxi stand, but another passenger who opts for a private-hire vehicle instead cannot.
Many passengers prefer to be picked up or dropped off at a taxi stand for convenience and safety, especially in bad weather. For passengers who are elderly, disabled and children, being dropped off at a taxi stand can be a necessity.
Rules and regulations need to keep pace with the evolving nature of the industry, while meeting the needs of the commuting public.
National Private Hire Vehicles Association