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Taxi fare adjustments draws concern in Singapore

(Xinhua)

13:57, December 07, 2011

SINGAPORE, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- Singapore's leading taxi operator ComfortDelGro revised its taxi fares, and most of the other operators were expected to follow suit, drawing voices of concern from the consumers and a local newspaper.

The Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao on Wednesday voiced its concerns in an editorial, saying that the taxi operator should take the interests of the public into consideration as well when it revised its taxi rates.

ComfortDelGro announced on Tuesday changes to the basic charges, the peak-period surcharge, the city-area surcharge and call bookings, which will kick in on next Monday. Most commuters will have to pay more.

The company has about 60 percent of the taxis in Singapore.

The company also called on other firms to follow suit and adjust their fare structures, prompting the Consumers Association of Singapore to voice concerns about the move.

Costs of transport in Singapore, especially that of private transport, has been going up on higher oil prices and the prices for certificates of ownership, which are required to own a car.

Some commuters have called on ComfortDelGro to reduce rental fees for taxi drivers instead of adjusting fares. But an industry observer said rising Certificate of Entitlement costs had to be shared when operators renewed their fleets.

Lianhe Zaobao said the operators should take into consideration public interests when they decide to change their fare structures, given that inflation has been at around 5 percent.

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