Private-hire cars, taxis most prone to accidents

A taxi driver standing by his vehicle after an accident in Braddell Road in January last year. Taxis, which make up a mere 2.4 per cent of the total vehicle population here, accounted for 13 per cent of accidents reported last year, statistics gather
A taxi driver standing by his vehicle after an accident in Braddell Road in January last year. Taxis, which make up a mere 2.4 per cent of the total vehicle population here, accounted for 13 per cent of accidents reported last year, statistics gathered by motor insurers show.ST FILE PHOTO

They accounted for 9.4% and 13% of incidents respectively, despite smaller numbers on road

Even with a smaller population, private-hire cars have double the accident rate of passenger cars - but they are apparently still safer than taxis.

Statistics gathered by motor insurers in the second half of last year revealed that private-hire cars - which make up 4.9 per cent of the total vehicle population - accounted for 9.4 per cent of 82,800 accidents reported.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 01, 2018, with the headline 'Private-hire cars, taxis most prone to accidents'. Print Edition | Subscribe