Private-hire cars, taxis most prone to accidents

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

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

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'. Subscribe