Premier Taxis to raise peak-hour booking surcharge from Sun
SINGAPORE : Booking a Premier cab during peak hours will cost more from Sunday.
Premier Taxis, the third smallest of seven taxi operators in Singapore, will raise its peak-hour booking surcharges by $1 to $4.50. The move is to encourage cabbies to take up call-booking jobs.
Premier’s Assistant Vice-President for Fleet Operations Melvin Ng said: “As per any other industry, product prices are adjusted for supply to meet demand. Indeed, there is a shortage of taxis during peak period mainly due to passengers’ travelling pattern and taxi availability. The price increase is to encourage the supply of taxi services.”
The current booking fee for its normal silver cabs during peak periods is $3.50, higher than the $3.30 charged by larger operators like ComfortDelGro and SMRT Taxis.
There is no word on whether other taxi operators intend to follow Premier’s move in raising surcharges.
Peak periods are between 6am and 9.30am on weekdays, excluding public holidays, and between 6pm and 12am every day.
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I would NOT book a cab from Premier unless in a "life & death" situation. All these increases only fatten the Taxi companies' coffers, not the drivers' pockets. Close all the taxi companies and go back to the old days when the drivers own their own vehicles which encourage the drivers to work all hours of the day.