$40 taxi ride from Shenton Way to Tampines: Is Straits Times trying to sabotage taxi drivers’ livelihood?

TL;DR: Don’t mess with taxi drivers.

Two days ago, the Straits Times published a report claiming that cabbies are unhappy with dynamic pricing as lower fares could hurt their earnings.

The journalist claimed that a journey from UOB Plaza to 158 Tampines Street 12 using a booked ComfortDelGro cab cost $40.30.

The article compared the taxi fare with other ride-hailing services.

For instance, the same journey from Shenton Way to Tampines only cost $31 with JustGrab, a new dynamic pricing option for taxi bookings by Grab.

A netizen posted the Straits Times article in a taxi Facebook group and questioned if the reported fare was accurate.

Many taxi drivers expressed their displeasure towards the article as they felt it was misleading.

A ComfortDelGro taxi driver even invited the Straits Times journalist to verify the cost and offered one year worth of free taxi rides if the cost exceeds $40.

This caught the attention of an online site, Sure Boh Singapore, who decided to take up the challenge at their own cost.

It turns out that a ComfortDelGro taxi ride from the same place at the same time only costs $30 – $10 less expensive compared to The Straits Times’ ride.

Here, take a look at this video.

About the author

Ling

I am a 90s baby and I spent more than 3/5 of my life being a vegetarian. In my free time, I ponder about the greater purpose in life and how i could live life more meaningfully. I enjoy doing yoga and I daydream about doing headstands one day.

View all posts

Share your thoughts!