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Old May 18th, 2004, 07:33 PM   #101
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hrmmmm it's nice to know we've got such a high density! i know we do have, but i didnt expect it to be higher than new york.. you always see pictures of new york city with their roads filled with yellow cabs...
High density mair?? I find it hard to even book a cab in peak hours or when it's raining.......
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Old May 18th, 2004, 07:46 PM   #102
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book... usually quite easy mar... i dont know leh maybe i dont book during peak hours... you know um can book by sms? then they say pay 30¢ for booking by sms... so i was like so happy so cheap to book so i book lor... then only when like we had to pay we realise 30¢ is on top of normal booking fee... so it's like a 75% extra of the usual $4 fare from school to mrt station :/
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book... usually quite easy mar... i dont know leh maybe i dont book during peak hours... you know um can book by sms? then they say pay 30¢ for booking by sms... so i was like so happy so cheap to book so i book lor... then only when like we had to pay we realise 30¢ is on top of normal booking fee... so it's like a 75% extra of the usual $4 fare from school to mrt station :/
Book by sms?? Haven't try it b4......but then it was quite a while since I last book a cab......
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we didnt actually ahve to book but just wanted to try out the sms booking thing see how fast it is :P
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we didnt actually ahve to book but just wanted to try out the sms booking thing see how fast it is :P
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Transport Minister defends LTA's safety record at world congress

Time is GMT + 8 hours
Posted: 24 May 2004 1648 hrs

By Johnson Choo, Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE: Singapore's Transport Minister has defended the Land Transport Authority's safety record in front of an international audience of tunnelling experts from more than 50 countries who are here for the World Tunnel Congress.

Mr Yeo Cheow Tong told the more than 800 tunnelling professionals that despite the Nicoll Highway cave-in, LTA has had fewer accidents than the industry average.

Last year, there were 2.4 accidents for every one million man hours worked at LTA's worksites compared to the industry average of 2.7.

Mr Yeo said: "Over time, the public will know that what happened here is not something that takes place all the time, the Nicoll Highway incident is not something that happens all the time, and that LTA's safety record is one that's commendable."

The international experts at the congress said the Nicoll Highway cave-in was the first major tunnelling accident this year.

There were three such accidents in 1998 in Brazil, Germany and Britain, and one last year in China.

But Andre Assis, the president of the International Tunnelling Association, agreed that LTA's safety record is above average.

He said: "The level of accidents in tunnels, compared to all the other industries, even the building construction industry, is very, very low. The problem is the impact on the media. When you have one accident in the tunnel, everybody wants to talk about that."

As more and more facilities for storage, entertainment and recreation, transport and sewage are going to be built underground, tunnelling is going to continue to be part of Singapore's development.

That is why the authorities are insisting on maintaining a high safety standard for tunnelling works.

The Government is reviewing worksite safety standards across the board.

And, there are now million-dollar incentives to keep worksites accident-free.

But Mr Yeo said the renewed focus on safety does not mean building projects will become more expensive.

He said: "The safety requirements have always been there, and the contractors have to take all these requirements into consideration when they make a bid. So there's not going to be a change in the safety consideration, so I don't see why it should impact on the cost of the projects." - CNA

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CityCab installing online maps in its taxis

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Posted: 26 May 2004 1819 hrs

SINGAPORE : If you live along a little-known street that taxi drivers are often unfamiliar with, help is on the way. CityCab is giving its 1,000 drivers an online map that will show them the route at a glance.

The terminals inside every cab are now loaded with brand new software that allows cab drivers to search for addresses and gives them a bird's eye view of how to get there.

They can also get a closer, more detailed map if they want to zoom in on a particular location.

And when a phone booking comes through, the system can also automatically mark the passenger's pick-up and drop-off points.

That means less time is wasted looking for obscure streets.

"It takes a few seconds, just press a button ... It's better than a directory where you have to refer back, find the location -- that takes time," one cab driver said. - CNA

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ah... is that available for normal cars?
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excuse me but what are transperth buses doing in singapore!!!!

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Loss-making Turf City remaking itself for travellers

JUNE 5, 2004

A terminal for express bus services will be built to cater to 4,000 travellers daily; businesses will meet their needs

By Serene Goh

MEGA mall Turf City is a gamble that has lost its investors more than $1.73 million since it opened in 2001. But wheels are turning to reverse its fortunes.

Turf City Pte Ltd and the Express Bus Agency Association announced a joint venture yesterday to convert about 50,000 sq ft of its 56ha into an overland transport terminal.

'We have a world-class airport and port, so why not a world-class overland terminal?' said Mr Sebastian Yap, chairman of the association, which represents 70 per cent of express bus operators here.

At least eight bus operators have pledged to relocate half their fleets to the new terminal, he said. It is expected to accommodate up to 4,000 travellers a day, with about six coaches coming and going each hour from 6.30am to 11pm.

The plot behind the used-car dealers will be converted into a sheltered carpark for buses, a transit area and docking bays.

Turf City's building (the former Turf Club grandstand) will be redeveloped to house services that cater to travellers, including a ticketing office, waiting lounge and budget-travel outlets.

Coach services to Malaysia and Thailand now use a variety of pick-up and drop-off points, including Golden Mile Complex, Queen Street and Lavender MRT station, where buses dock in parking lots or loading bays.

All these will now be consolidated at Turf City.

Turf City's redevelopment, scheduled to be completed in October, will provide space for 80 retailers, up from 60 now. It will cost the company about $1 million.

Its shareholders had invested $15 million to develop the old Bukit Timah Turf Club into Turf City after the club moved to Kranji in 1999.

The redevelopment is expected to draw more tourists.

Turf City's main shareholders, Singapore Agro Agriculture, and additional individual private investors, have extended their lease on the site and its 760,000 sq ft building for another six years.

They have an option to renew the lease every three years until 2010. Their landlord is the Singapore Land Authority.

Turf City tenants are expected to be told officially about the new terminal by next week. Most tenants' leases are due for renewal soon, the company said.

McDonald's and the hypermart Giant are among the tenants who have already extended their leases.

Giant's spokesman said that its outlet had so far received 'strong support' from regular customers.

Turf City's retail woes are well documented, with vendors complaining that its downmarket image and difficulty of access deter shoppers.

Carnivals, car-boot sales and other promotions haven't drawn many shoppers and The Market Place flea market and The Furniture Mall have since shut.

In March, Courts closed its 11,000 sq ft store there, although it was paying about $3.50 a sq ft, about 60 per cent less than at suburban malls.

Smaller retailers look set to follow suit, with some saying that new plans to capture tourist dollars are too little, too late.

Ms Judy Wong, who sells clothing in Ju-An Gallery on its ground level, is counting the days till her lease ends.

'Most days I get no customers here at all, although when I do road shows elsewhere, the response is good.

'I've paid $4,000 a month for three years, and the landlords have never reduced the rent although times were bad.

'The traffic just doesn't justify what I'm paying. So, no, I don't think a bus terminal will be enough.'

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Old June 7th, 2004, 05:00 PM   #111
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Four main taxi operators score poor grades for safety

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Posted: 07 June 2004 1926 hrs

By Asha Popatlal, Channel NewsAsia

Singapore's four main taxi operators have all scored an F for safety.

The fail mark is from the first report card on taxi service standards prepared by the Land Transport Authority.

The cabs were graded over a 7-month period from September last year to March.

Road accidents involving taxis have made the news time and again but none was more spectacular that the CityCab that ended up at the bottom of a condominium pool in January.

For taxi operators - all this adds up to a big F for safety.

All of Singapore's four big players - Comfort, CityCab, SMRT, Yellow-Top Cabs - have exceeded the allowed accident rate of 2 crashes per 10 million kilometres, set by the Land Transport Authority.

Getting cabs for callers was another area of the report card with plenty of red.

The worst performer was SMRT Taxis, formerly known as TIBS Taxis, which failed to meet the 90 percent target in 5 out of 7 months.

The penalties for failing to meet the service standards are high - a fine of up to $100,000 for each failure.

But the LTA has given the cab companies up to end-August to buck up.

Taxi drivers admit there may be some bad apples but they claim the high accident rate is because they are on the road much longer.

"On the average, drivers for taxis drive 10 hrs on the road - ordinary drivers just drive 1-2 hours a day drive to home and work that's all and they drive the same route everyday," said one taxi driver.

"Sometimes it's due to lack of sleep, tired, all these unnecessary things can lead to accidents," said another.

Despite the improvements, passengers had one main bugbear - and that was not getting a cab, despite booking, during rainy weather and at peak periods like weekends.

One commuter said: "Probably during rainy days it's a bit difficult, even if call you can't get one."

"Raining everyone rushing for cabs at the same time peak hours people working 8-9 all same time how to service them all?" said one taxi-driver.

"Rainy weather everyone wants to take a cab. I had an incident - once from here I took a lady she wanted to go to Revenue House across the road," said another.

Meanwhile, the three new kids on the block - Smart Automobile, Trans-Cab and Premier Taxis - are also being graded.

Their report card will be out later. - CNA

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omigod that sounds so much like school! everyone failing haha
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Old June 8th, 2004, 07:28 AM   #113
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Public transport or Cinderella's pumpkin

This story was printed from TODAYonline

Tuesday • June 8, 2004

SINGAPORE resident senior citizens enjoy concessionary travel on public transport only during selected hours — much like Cinderella's magic coach, which reverts to being a pumpkin at the stroke of midnight.

After many years, the only additional concession is that "happy hours" for local senior citizens start at 10 am on Saturdays, instead of the previous 2 pm start.

I wonder if there is anybody who can still remember the rationale for this strange ruling which goes back 30 years and if it is still relevant today?

Narayana Narayana

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Strange...can't find this on English press....but this article is relevant to thread #178. It says that taxi operators feel that the standards for safety by the LTA were far too strict.

新闻:新加坡 2004-06-08

四大德士公司安全水平不合格业者认为安全标准太苛刻

● 谢仲贤

  4家主要德士公司的安全水平达不到标准,在受评估的7个月里,平均有6个月“不合格”。

  陆路交通管理局自去年1月对德士公司实行新的服务准则,昨天首次公布评估结果,康福、城市、黄顶和SMRT的安全记录都不理想,车祸率超出当局设定的标准。

  陆交局已给业者多两个月宽限期,到了8月底如果情况没有改善,德士公司可被罚款最高10万元。

  不过,业者认为当局设定的标准过于苛刻,吁请当局检讨。

  根据标准,整个德士车队每行驶1000万公里,车祸总数不能超过两起。按照业者粗略计算,意味着每个德士司机32年里只许发生一起车祸。

  康福德高企业发言人说,陆交局把“意外”定义为导致有人受伤或公物受损的事件,但公物受损包括花坛(flower bed),这样的定义过于严格了。

  康福德高集团管理的康福、城市和黄顶德士超过1万6000辆。发言人说:“作为公共交通服务业者,我们理解及欢迎当局实施服务素质标准,确保乘客和公路使用者的安全。尽管如此,我们吁请陆交局检讨苛刻的徳士车祸率标准。”

  SMRT德士公司同样认为车祸率标准苛刻。发言人说:“德士司机长时间在路上奔波,有些车祸事件不能归咎于他们或不是由他们直接造成的。当局的标准意味着我们每个月不能有超过5起意外,这太严格了。”

  不过陆交局说,他们是根据私人车辆车祸率制定德士的安全标准。私人车辆车祸率是每行驶1000万公里发生5起车祸。陆交局说:“德士扮演公共服务角色,所以我们把车祸率标准设得比私人车辆严格。”

平均每月70起车祸

  陆交局资料显示,过去7个月,4家德士公司平均每月有70起车祸,频率是每1000万公里2.8起,超出不到两起的规定。

  尽管陆交局和业者对车祸率标准是否过于严格意见不同,不过业者还是努力达到标准,所采取的措施包括为司机提供辅导、培训及奖励。

  陆交局也为德士公司在繁忙时间的电召服务和顾客满意程度评分。业者在这方面的整体表现良好,不过SMRT德士在调派德士方面差强人意,好几个月无法取得90%成绩。这项标准要求业者每10次有9次能为乘客分配到德士。

  陆交局去年实施新的德士服务准则,划一评估标准,确保业者自由竞争的同时,仍能维持高素质服务水平。当局目前也在评估另外3家新公司的表现。  
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Old June 9th, 2004, 06:31 AM   #115
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JUNE 9, 2004
Bus depot plan rejected again
URA turns down appeal by Turf City to use premises as an overland transport terminal, but company to appeal again

By Serene Goh

TURF City's plans to use part of its premises as an overland transport terminal have been halted.

The mega mall's operators, who earlier this year applied to the authorities to convert 4,650 sq m of their 56ha plot for this purpose, were told of the decision on May 15.

But they appealed to officials, including their landlord, the Singapore Land Authority (SLA), which then granted an approval in principle.

That approval hinged on confirmation from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) for the land use. The board replied: No.

In a statement to The Straits Times, it explained: 'The use of the Turf City site for a transport hub is not compatible with the existing residential land use in the area.'

Its spokesman said a location for an overland transport hub was in the works, but not at Turf City.

That's because an injection of an expected 4,000 travellers daily, along with 'a host of bus operators and related activities such as money changers and tour agencies', would hugely increase human and vehicle traffic throughout the day and in the evenings.

Coaches operating late at night would also 'greatly disturb the residents of the area'.

Turf City Pte Ltd, which recently renewed its lease on the land and accompanying Turf City building with the SLA, had planned to complete the terminal by October.

The company, together with coach operator Express Bus Agency Association, publicly announced their joint venture on Friday.

Now, the company's shareholders, including its main stakeholder, Singapore Agro Agriculture, claim the URA has 'missed the point'.

A statement issued by the management denied it was constructing a bus terminal or interchange, but 'merely making use of the existing infrastructure, such as the several thousand excess parking lots' as a transit point for coaches.

It said that Turf City was offered for tender in 2001 for commercial, institutional, sports and recreational uses and as a used-car centre. All these activities would already bring in a high volume of traffic.

It said that Turf City's plans would have brought in tourist dollars and, to ensure compliance with existing traffic laws, the company had 'spent $500,000 on traffic-impact assessment and control measures, including the installation of a traffic junction box outside its leased boundaries'.

Besides, it said, its existing proposal was only 'an interim measure for a limited period'.

'One can only hope that the higher authorities will look into the role of the URA in driving businesses into the ground or moving them to other neighbouring countries,' it added.

Retailers themselves seem unaffected by the tussle. A spokesman for Giant said the hypermart's decision to renew its lease 'was not contingent on the terminal, but was made based on the store's good business and its business plans'.

Another tenant, Mr Michael Ong, who owns the Hiestand chain of 11 Swiss-pastry outlets islandwide, was already in talks to renew his three-year lease on his 11 sq m shop even before news of the depot plan broke.

He said he enjoys a consistent clientele in Turf City on weekends from 'mostly regular customers who are expats', and described the landlords as 'fair and compromising'.

Indeed, those landlords are also determined. Mr Ang Kiong Teng, general manager of Turf City, said the company is not giving up on its plans yet: 'We are still going to continue appealing to the relevant authorities, because we would like to proceed with business.'

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JUNE 11, 2004
Taxi accident rates: LTA won't budge on standards
It decides against changing audit targets as operators had managed low rates before
By Goh Chin Lian

TAXI operators had kept their accident rates low in the past few years, so there is no reason why they can't do it again, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA).

It told The Straits Times the companies had managed before to keep the average at no more than two accidents for every 10 million km travelled. These are accidents involving an injury, death or damage to public property, and where only the cabby was at fault.

Since the LTA began monthly audits of the cab companies' performance last September, SMRT's 2,100 taxis had complied in two of the first seven months, and ComfortDelGro's 16,700 Comfort, CityCab and Yellow-Top taxis, one month each.

The poor scores overall led the LTA to relook its standards. But it decided against changing them, and gave the companies up to the end of August to improve.

After that, they can be fined up to $100,000.

Cabbies blame the increased accident rate on the recent influx of more than 400 new taxis. So, drivers stay on the road longer each day to cover their rent, get more tired and have to rush to get enough fares for the day.

Said SMRT Taxi Operators' Association president John Leong: 'With so many taxis on the road, everybody is looking for a passenger.

'If we stop to rest for an hour, do you know we would lose at least $15?'

Cabbies say layoffs and the need for a second job pushed many people into driving cabs and the newcomers are less experienced on the road.

Said Mr S.T. Goh, 44, a cabby for 11 years: 'They lack the experience, they are going too fast and they rush when they see passengers.'

Motorists' refusal to give way and other bad driving habits have also worsened as 'everybody is too stressed on the road these days', he said.

Comfort cabby Thng Cheng Sion, 46, had his fifth accident last November. He couldn't brake in time, when a motorist in front stopped suddenly to avoid hitting another car that had cut into his lane.

He was going at about 50kmh on the Central Expressway and was three car lengths behind, he said.

Shouldn't he have been farther behind?

To this, he said: 'When you have too big a gap, people behind will sound their horn at you or overtake. You know how Singaporeans drive.'

His cab was in the workshop for two days, which would have cost him more than $300 in fares, he reckons. He had to pay $2,000 in accident liability to his company.

'Denting the car is one thing. You don't want to lose your life,' he said in Mandarin.

Ang Mo Kio GRC MP Seng Han Thong, adviser to the taxi driver associations of Comfort, CityCab and SMRT Taxis, believes the authorities can be on the same side as taxi companies and cabbies as they all want to minimise road accidents.

If the problem is with newcomers, the solution is to have them attend more lessons on safety, he said, adding: 'Fines can't solve the problem. You have to address the reason for the accident.'

The LTA said it was working with taxi operators to reduce the accident rate - for example, by introducing a safety driving programme.

Comfort's cabbies must take refresher courses every five years. New hirers are put on probation for six months; new relief drivers, for one year. During this spell, they must keep a clean record, and 99 per cent have, it said.

A roving team videotapes Comfort cabbies who drive carelessly and they are later counselled and shown the footage. It has counselled more than 100 cabbies over the past two years, it said.

The three newest operators - Smart Automobile, Trans-Cab and Premier Taxis - have till next year to meet LTA's standards.

At least two have kept their accident rate in check so far.

For an accident to count, the cabby must be to blame for the mishap and it should have caused damage to public property, injury or death. It excludes cases still being investigated by the Traffic Police.

Since Trans-Cab was launched in January, it's had one such accident. Smart's two accidents are still under investigation and do not count yet.

Said Smart's executive director, Mr Johnny Ang: 'We tell our drivers to be more patient on the road by giving way, and to get enough rest by taking a nap after driving long hours.'

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JUNE 11, 2004
Years driving a cab: 33, Accidents: 0
COMFORT cabby Lim Ah San has never had an accident in his 33 years driving a taxi.

Mr Lim, a 67-year-old grandfather, gets eight hours of sleep, then starts his workday by checking the engine oil and tyres.

It is harder to avoid accidents these days with more vehicles, including new taxis, on the road, he says, but good driving habits still count.

Signal when turning, don't follow cars too closely and don't speed, says Mr Lim.

He normally stays under the 90kmh limit on the expressway. If it's raining and roads are slippery, he goes more slowly.

Unless the passenger insists that he hurries.

If the rain is so heavy that he can't see the road clearly, he just stays home.

If there's a car close behind when his cab is hailed, he stops farther down the road and just apologises and explains to the passenger, he says.

He won't switch lanes abruptly to pick up a passenger, he insists. 'At most, he complains. I have no choice if there are a lot of cars and buses.'

But no customer has complained against Mr Lim, who says he drives a seven-hour shift and makes 12 trips a day. He used to do 10 hours at a stretch and 18 trips a day when his three children were younger. They're now grown up.

And he advises younger cabbies not to risk an accident just to take home an extra dollar or two.

When cabbies cut into his lane to pick up a passenger, he gives way.

'I'll find another one farther up. It's dangerous to compete and we'll both end up losing.'

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Old June 11th, 2004, 06:02 PM   #118
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He normally stays under the 90kmh limit on the expressway. If it's raining and roads are slippery, he goes more slowly.

Unless the passenger insists that he hurries.
How come none of them ever realises that is probably the main reasons why taxis get into accidents in the first place?
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Old June 11th, 2004, 06:04 PM   #119
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How come none of them ever realises that is probably the main reasons why taxis get into accidents in the first place?
They will probably realised it when it's too late........
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Old June 11th, 2004, 06:08 PM   #120
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Hehe....the few times I took the cab, its always because I am in a big hurry, and of coz I will tell the cabby to speed!
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