I asked the wife. She said she hadn't realised it existed here. She said she has used a taxi booking facility called Grab. Apparently it shows a location map with indicators for each taxi in your area with driver name/plate etc. But she only tried it once as she couldn't get a taxi that time.QRM wrote:Has anyone tried uber singapore, This summer holidays I was introduced to it by a chum in London and was very impressed, I noticed Singapore also has uber, All I can say any "outside" competition to the local market might kick it into shape?
Its still 1/4 the price of a taxi in London, NYC or TokyoJR8 wrote: Makes you appreciate the beauty of flat-rate flag-fall and mileage system in other places (London, NYC, Tokyo etc). The system here seems almost designed to confuse. Pity the budget tourists who get pointed to the premium vehicles, who know no better. As Brah observes, I too have had the taxi uncle at Changi point me 'the tourist' at a Chrysler taxi, and I had to tell him I wanted a regular one.
They never seem to here. It's all up to you.sundaymorningstaple wrote:As heavy as I travel, particularly on the return journey back to Singapore, I don't expect a taxi driver to lift my bags. He a driver, not a baggage ape.
You get 'cost of living index' yah? Or do you think a taxi here in Hicksvilleapore should cost the same as in Oslo or Zurich?GSM8 wrote: Its still 1/4 the price of a taxi in London, NYC or Tokyo
exactlysundaymorningstaple wrote:. Wonder who would pay for a taxi driver's slipped disc should that happen?
I tried to try Uber numerous times at launch but could never find a car. Every time the local cars were all unavailable, so was Uber.QRM wrote:Has anyone tried uber singapore, This summer holidays I was introduced to it by a chum in London and was very impressed, I noticed Singapore also has uber, All I can say any "outside" competition to the local market might kick it into shape?
I always load my own and didn't mind. Sometimes I'd see near-ancient uncles trying to help me with my bags, and other times guys younger than me just standing there jaw agape. If they're not going to help though, I prefer them to stay in the car and not get out to just "supervise" wasting both of our time.Brah wrote:I haven't tried Uber yet but am keen to hear more, a friend has and had good things to say.
Another taxi-related topic or rant I have is something that doesn't happen often, but happened recently.
Coming back from the airport, luggage in car, the driver stood there as if it was going to load itself. I always help the driver but wait for him to make the first move, otherwise quite often they will let you do it. I always tip per bag.
When he watched me waiting for him to help and just stood there, I said something like "whose job is this anyway", and he said that they weren't supposed to load the luggage.
So I'd like to hear what others have to say about that. Then I'll tell you what kind of tip they get for this approach.
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