More taxi drivers caught stopping illegally for passengers

More taxi drivers were caught for stopping illegally for passengers, thanks to use of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras on the roads.

The National Taxi Association (NTA) said on Thursday (April 16) that more than 280 cabbies received summonses from the Land Transport Authority (LTA) at 30 locations with cameras from June last year to March this year.

During the same period in previous years, the number of summonses issued at these areas was "negligible", said the association.

Taxi driver Henry Tay, 45,​ said some passengers complain to LTA when drivers do not stop for them at illegal spots.

"They may not state the area they were waiting at," said Mr Tay, who has been a cabby for eight years. "I feel it is not fair to me because it’s my word against theirs."

Clerk Jenny Hu, 61, was trying to hail a taxi on Rochor Road on Thursday when she was told she could not do so.

She said: "I didn’t know (about the cameras), and will be more considerate to taxi drivers next time. They also have to make a living."

Source: The Straits Times

Where to hail a cab:

Avoid waiting for a taxi or alighting from one at road junctions, lanes with double yellow zig-zag lines or lanes with a single white zig-zag line.

Instead, try to get a taxi at the nearest taxi stand or along building driveways.