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    From: SilentAssassin To: Mellanie Hewlitt Singapore Review 16 June 2005 Cabby burdens too much to bear It s saddening news to
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      From: SilentAssassin <cylent_assassin@...>
      To: Mellanie Hewlitt
      Singapore Review
      16 June 2005
      Cabby burdens too much to bear

      It's saddening news to read that the lives of cabbies
      are getting harder and harder. In these trying times,
      it was revealed that cab drivers need to fork out $90
      a day for rental of the cab. This is exclusive of
      diesel, meals and miscellaneous expenses.

      The monthly cost of being a cab driver is
      approximately S$3,000. Many drivers are finding it
      really hard to pay that amount. Seriously, HOW MANY
      people are earning $3,000 a month pre-tax? Take any
      middle-income earning white-collar worker with bills
      to pay. Assuming they had a property loan to pay,
      amounting to $3,000 a month (this implies a really
      expensive private condo), they would need to earn
      approximately $6,000 a month to cover everything and
      still have cash left over for savings or basic
      necessities. $6,000 post tax and CPF comes out to
      about $4,000. Deducting $3,000 for loan payments,
      you'd be left with a measly $1,000 for saving or
      worse, more bills like kids' tuition fees and
      electricity. How does someone earn $6,000? This chap
      would have to be a stellar white-collar worker with
      prolly a honours or masters degree.

      For a cab driver to earn $6,000 would require all cab
      drivers to have bare minimum a honours or masters? You
      must be joking. Is ComfortDelgro hiring cab drivers or
      Admin Service Scholars?

      The suits at ComfortDelgro (and other cab companies)
      don't realise that the BACKBONE of the very existence
      of the cab business is the lowly cab driver you're
      trying to screw. They are the backbone and lifeblood
      of the company: without them you can't even exist as a
      company! As such, shouldn't they be treated better?
      IMO cab drivers must be treated like shareholders of
      the company, and therefore have vested interests in
      the company.

      How to have vested interests? One suggestion is for
      the rentals to be a percentage of earnings. If cabbies
      can earn past a benchmark (say $3,000 gross), they
      earn a stipend plus their percentage cut (say 40%). If
      they don't, they just earn their basic cut. Good
      performers earn more in their cut via higher
      percentages or bonuses while poor performers get their
      worth. The cabbies earn, the company earns. They
      suffer, you suffer. That's how a company ought to
      treat their lifeblood and backbone.

      By slapping cabbies with a flat fee shows a cruel lack
      of empathy for your staff. Frankly it's similar to
      illegal migrant workers in sweatshops: they earned
      basic wage then were charged "rent, meals and agency
      fees" and end up with nothing or even bigger debts to
      perpetuate the sweatshop shackling.

      Is ComfortDelgro (and other cabbie companies) a sweatshop?

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      Subject: TAXIcabbies can't pay up! more taxis??
      From: (ATOMS7)
      To: (lambaste2)
      DateTime: 13/06/2005 08:36:54

      taxi companies ComortGelro, NTUC all are going for the money. Each taxi rented out they can collect $90,82 daily regardless how well and sick is the taxidriver. Rain or shine, holidays, the taxi
      companies still make the money.

      If they are 20,000 taxi on the road, and each rented out at $90.00 each. These fraking taxi companies collect a cool $1.8 million daily, without even lifting of a pen.

      How the fraking CEO just laughs to the bank each day to collect 1.8 milion cash. And yet the poor taxi driver has to slough for the daily bread under hot sun or rainy day.

      The taxi companies should have lower the rental to abt $50-$60 per day and give these taxi drivers a break.


      From: locky2ky 13-Jun 14:42
      To: Atoms7 8 of 81

      The most sickening thing is when the oil price shot up, Delgro and SIA, which are making tons of money are allowed to charge fuel surcharge and increase the fares while cabbies who are earning peanuts have to bear the hike themselves!

      Comfort, which is supposed to be a co-op has stubbornly refused to reduce the rental or adjust taxi fares. Though it gives cabbies piddling discount for diesel, it gets back disproportionately more. If I don't remember wrongly a good part of its profits last year came from increase in diesel sale.


      From: Atoms7 13-Jun 14:51
      To: DUNSLAPME 10 of 81

      Those mother fucker-basterd scumbags will never lower its rental costs to cabbies. Their motto is to tax every single cents of cabbies's hard earned money in order to justify their high-level position in cosy ivory tower! KNNCCB!...

      The fuckers PAPPY tax the taxi driver dried. Let me show you.

      1. Each taxi road tax is abt $6000 per years. The taxi driver has to bear this cost.

      2. Each time the taxi pumps diesel, there is also a diesel tax that the taxi drivers has to paid.

      3. Annual income of these taxi drivers were also taxed as personal income.

      4. Each taxi rental also has a 5% GST built-in !!!..

      So what is the benefits of becoming a taxi driver as compared to a Karang Guragi man....

      Tax up side down-until you are broke and work for free for these taxi companines...


      From: Atoms7 13-Jun 14:54
      To: locky2ky 11 of 81

      The most sickening thing is when the oil price shot up, Delgro and SIA, which are making tons of money are allowed to charge fuel surcharge and increase the fares while cabbies who are earning peanuts have to bear the hike themselves!

      Comfort, which is supposed to be a co-op has stubbornly refused to reduce the rental or adjust taxi fares. Though it gives cabbies piddling discount for diesel, it gets back disproportionately more. If I don't remember wrongly a good part of its profits last year came from increase in diesel sale.>>>

      We must understand that Comfort are managed and run by the PAPPY dog and draw a retirement benefit of 1.4 million and most senior management and the CEO have big bonues on the mercy of the blood swear and tears of the taxi driver. And they seemed to enjoy the blood sucking exercise.

      This is in all their self ego and selfish attitude..


      From: DamnBore 13-Jun 15:31
      To: lambaste2 12 of 81

      The biggest bastards in the taxi industry must be the govt for forcing/revoking individual licence-holders of yellow top taxis.

      Forcing these ahpeks to rent taxis at exorbitant cost. Otherwise these taxi drivers will have an enjoyable retirement while passing on their permits to their offspring who can continue with decent profit.

      This blind policymakers should be shot for allowing this to happen and kenna conned by those big taxi companies in the guise of efficiency.


      From: lambaste2 13-Jun 15:51
      To: ALL 13 of 81

      The sad thing is they can't even pass on the cab if they own it themselves like before because after 10 years cars gotta be scrapped isn't it ?

      I was talking ot a cab driver today and he told me the months pass by really fast and he has to really pray that he gets passengers everyday . Some times he can wait for hours no passengers .And with increase fuel cost it is also difficult to continuously drive to look out for passsengers. And the competition is so keen with so many cabs on the road.

      What more the rental compaies have no shortage of people wanting to go into the hiring of a taxi to earn money NOT knowing that it is really tough....

      BUT it also means that life is getting so hard that even though chances are they can't make a living YET they have no choice but to try and pray for the very best.

      NOW in this sort of a situation how can any CEO of a cab company JUSTIFY the high INCOME THEY EARN AND WITH INCREASES EVERY YEAR some more? In other countries a lynch MOB of cab drivers would together run down the CEO!


      From: Gabion 13-Jun 16:01
      To: lambaste2 14 of 81

      While the article reported the situation and gave some seemingly logical reasons to explain the repossession rate, it stopped short of analysing the true reason behind, ie, the high taxi rental charged to the drivers.

      Back in the 1985 recession, the taxi fare was increased and immediately, there was a drastic fall in the taxi ridership. I hope the authorities would not seek to try such a remedy again when Singapore economy is going through an instable and uncertain period.


      From: lambaste2 13-Jun 16:28
      To: Gabion 15 of 81

      my hearet goes out tothese cabbies working on theroad trying to make a living and make ends meet...some of them thesed ays speak very good English and were formerly mid level managers and executives..i have even met a undergrad that drove part-time to help his father who was ill..and therefore couldn't drive that day ..
      You can see the gloom on these faces . So today altho' my fare was 4.20 gave the guy 5 dollars and told him to keep the change .just as I GOT DOWN AT OUTRAM there was this blind couple at the MRT station playing music "oh when the saints come marching in"......so i dropped them a dollar ...will be a long long time before any saints solve all these problems.....


      From: jacys 13-Jun 16:36
      To: lambaste2 16 of 81

      maybe if the taxi drivers stop been so picky of passengers between the time of 11pm to 12 midnite, they culd pay up more and be in a better position.

      i pity and admire cab drivers. in fact i even believe taxi rental shoudl be lowered. but drivers themselves must also work hard to earn their money.

      some just dun bother


      From: vietcong44 13-Jun 19:13
      To: lambaste2 17 of 81

      heard that this has been a prob for a long time.. the non payment of rental to their almighty taxi coys. i guess maybe this article is a prelude to rise in taxi fare... but if the bastards really do that, really must applaud them... cabbies dying instead of reducing rental, they go and raise price and chase away customers... anyway, juz a guess...


      From: TalkNoAction 13-Jun 20:58
      To: lambaste2 19 of 81

      The PAP regime changed taxi ownership rules where independent owners of taxis have to give up their license when they retire. These licenses are then sold to companies like Comfort so they can squeeze cabbies for profits.

      Why not allow cabbies to own their own taxis? The answer is companies like Comfort are linked to the govt and laws are made so that such companies can maximise their profits at the expense of consumers and taxi drivers. By allowing Comfort to take up most of the license and forcing taxi drivers to rent, they maximise the amount of profits they make and squeeze down the taxi drivers earnings. This type of policy is applied across many things in Singapore. The regime's interest is in the profitability of its business, not the people.

      The reason why they do this is simple, one former PAP MP earned $1.4M bonus a few years ago, when this was revealed, he was furious that he was exposed...

      From sg_review extract:

      The below table puts things back in proper perspective: (these are basic figures as of July 2000 and did not include last year's pay hikes or other benefits. Otherwise the updated numbers may well be much larger)

      1. Singapore President's Basic Salary US$1,483,000 (SGD$2,373,100)*a year
      Singapore Prime Minister's Basic Salary US$1,100,000 (SGD1,958,000) a year
      Minister's Basic: US$655,530 to US$819,124 (SGD1,166,844 to SGD1,458,040) a year

      2. United States of America President: US$200,000 Vice President: US$181,400 Cabinet Secretaries: US$157,000

      3. United Kingdom Prime Minister: US$170,556 Ministers: US$146,299 Senior Civil Servants: US$262,438

      4. Australia Prime Minister: US$137,060 Deputy Prime Minister: US$111,439 Treasurer: US$102,682

      5. Hong Kong Chief Executive : US$416,615 Top Civil Servant: US$278,538 Financial Sec: US$315,077

      Source: Asian Wall Street Journal July 10 2000 *Singapore President's salary which was updated in 2005 from the Singapore Straits Times

      In relative terms, less then 20% of Singaporeans here have take home salaries
      exceeding SGD100,000/- A YEAR.

      In stark contrast, BASIC SALARY FOR A MINISTER STARTS AT SGD1,166,844 A YEAR,OR JUST UNDER SGD100,000 A MONTH.

      What these ministers earns in just ONE MONTH exceeds the ANNUAL TAKE HOME
      salary of 80% of Singapore's income earning population. Lets not even begin to compare

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