Not end of the road for flagging down a cab

Street hails continue to be a viable option for commuters even amid the rise of ride-hailing apps. But the new ERP system will make cruising for passengers expensive, says Senior Transport Correspondent Christopher Tan.

It has been six years since ride-hailing firms appeared here. For many people, flagging down a cab on the road has, as a result, become as unthinkable as fishing out the exact change from their pocket to pay for bus fare.

With a few taps on the phone, their ride is secured and they can wait, sometimes in air-conditioned comfort, for it to arrive at their doorstep. No walking, no sticking out your arm, no aggravation when empty cabs pass you by without stopping.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 24, 2019, with the headline 'Not end of the road for flagging down a cab'. Print Edition | Subscribe