Road warriors

Is road safety affected by more private-hire vehicles and PMDs on the roads?

More private-hire vehicles and personal mobility devices on the roads; pedestrians and drivers glued to smartphones - some have asked if these recent developments are affecting road safety. Zhaki Abdullah looks at the issues involved.

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While taxi numbers have been declining in recent years, they continue to make up a disproportionate number of accidents here.

Figures provided by the General Insurance Association of Singapore (GIA) showed taxis made up 18,414 of the 162,724 accidents reported to insurers last year - or about 11.3 per cent.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 31, 2019, with the headline 'Road safety: Revving it up'. Print Edition | Subscribe