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Surge pricing ban one way to address high ride-hailing fares, difficulty in booking a ride

Together with 14,887 taxis (as of 2021), there are close to 60,000 cars providing point-to-point transport services. PHOTO: ST FILE
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SINGAPORE - In a recent article on skyrocketing cab fares and increasing difficulty in booking a ride, The Straits Times quoted Singapore University of Social Sciences economist Walter Theseira saying: "Driving is not an easy job, so why should we think that drivers owe us a cheap and easily available ride?".

It is a very valid point. Prices all round have been rising. Why shouldn't taxi and ride-hailing rides, too - especially when fuel cost has surged by more than 50 per cent since last year?

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