The NTA Has Competition

Traffic at Upper Bukit Timah Road

Two weeks ago, I joked about how the likes of Grab and Uber should band together to form a national association for private hire drivers, the equivalent of the National Taxi Association (NTA) for taxi drivers (NTA Just Cares For Themselves). It turns out such an association has indeed been formed. I suppose it was a matter of time that it…

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NTA Just Cares For Themselves

Taxi stand

The National Taxi Association (NTA) is an association that represents taxi drivers. If there is some threat to taxi drivers, of course, it’s the NTA’s job to protect them. Let’s just forgive their executive adviser Ang Hin Kee. The remarks he makes about Grab and Uber, it’s just what he has to do. We’ve heard him, so now lets move on. Let’s hope…

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Reminder To SMRT: Claw At Root Cause

SMRT Train

SMRT’s investigation of the fatal accident on 22nd March has concluded that failure to follow key safety procedures led to the deaths of two SMRT employees. I think most of us have pretty much reached that conclusion ourselves, as soon as sufficient details of the accident had been made known, over a month ago. Thank you for stating the obvious. According…

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Celebrate By Keeping Quiet

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It’s funny how things can come back to bite us, and yes that also happens to me, so before I go on, I’m making sure that I’m touching lots of wood. Checked. Table is made of wood. This is about how Transport Minister Mr Khaw Boon Wan jinxed the MRT after celebrating his 100-days of no-break-down milestone. On Tuesday, Mr…

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More COEs Coming, But Higher Prices Expected

Traffic at Upper Bukit Timah Road

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced yesterday that there’ll be an increase of 14.7% of Certificate of Entitlement (COE) quota in the coming quarter. More quotas should normally mean that COE prices should see a drop. But it seems that this might not be the case anymore, thanks to new players in the market to compete for COEs. COE quotas are…

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SMRT Embarrassed About Reliability

SMRT Train

Last week LTA very stoically announced how the MRT has gotten more reliable despite a rise in major breakdown. Yes, I know, we are all shaking our heads in disbelief. This is what happens when you ownself check ownself, you can ownself position own goalpost. It seems SMRT played along, then perhaps felt exceedingly embarrassed. Initially, it looked like SMRT was…

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Ownself Protecting Ownself

SMRT Train

Earlier this week, two young men lost their lives. They were new SMRT staff who met with a fatal accident because, apparently, someone or some people did not observe proper safety protocols. This is happening while the cases of Pte Dominique and the SGH Hepatitis C outbreak are still filling our newsfeed. The deaths of Nasrulhudin Najumudin and Muhammad Asyraf Ahmad Buhari are…

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Non-Vehicles On The Road

Traffic at Upper Bukit Timah Road

It used to be just cyclists which drivers had to contend with on the roads. In recent times, we’re seeing other forms of transportation gadgetry, like motorised micro-scooters, e-monocycles and hover boards, coming onboard to compete for road space. It is high time that the regulators take a clear position and decide if and how these non-vehicles fit on our roads. It…

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DTL2 Opens To Confusion At Newton

DTL2 Tunnel

The second phase of the Downtown Line (DTL2) officially opened on 27th December. There are a number of quirks with DTL2 that commuters. For example, for the first time in Singapore’s rail network, transferring between lines at two interchange stations will require commuters to exit and re-enter at different fare gates. Singaporeans love everything free, and so what better way to promote…

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Taxis Can’t Run, Wants To Outlaw Running

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It’s no secret, taxis are feeling threatened by the likes of Uber and GrabCar. While private-car hire services are finding new innovative ways to compete, taxis seek to revert the playing field so that they have, in a manner of speaking, a home field advantage. Private-car hire services are a really useful complement to taxis. Please don’t mess things up. I was…

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