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Beware the big black cabs

Old Aug 10, 09, 11:12 pm
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Angry Beware the big black cabs

Until now, visitors to Singapore could rely on the fact that any taxi waiting in a queue or hailed from the street would be same regulated price, be it a shiny white Mercedes limo or a beaten-up boxy Toyota... but no longer: SMRT has launched a fleet of big black Chrysler "premium" taxis, and not only do they charge $5 to get in (vs the usual $2.80-3.20), but the meter ticks up at $0.30/unit instead of $0.20/unit. Since most Singaporeans balk at this, they've now taken to picking up fares from the public taxi queue at Changi, and I ended up paying $30 for a ride that would cost $15 on an ordinary cab.



I've already dropped a note to Changi to suggest that they either ban these guys from the regular queue (after all, there's already a Limousine Desk) or at least give them a separate "Premium" section with the higher charges posted.
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Old Aug 10, 09, 11:15 pm
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Thanks for the heads up. Heading over to SIN in the near future.
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Old Aug 11, 09, 6:09 pm
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Almost wound up taking one of these cabs from a hotel on tanglin road a few weeks back... fortunately I glanced at the rate card and saw the extra charges. No thanks!
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Old Aug 25, 09, 7:25 pm
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Looks like a Chrysler 300C. A cheap car made to look expensive.... It's no Mercedes.
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Old Aug 25, 09, 8:31 pm
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Another thank you for the information as I will be there shortly as well.
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Old Sep 5, 09, 1:57 am
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Actually you don't have to take them when you see them standing in the taxi queue - for example, this morning at Changi the taxi "coordinator" asked me whether I wanted the black one or a normal one - no fuss when I said I'd go for the ordinary one...

Singaporeans are well known to have "Scottish genes" in their blood, nobody will turn a head if you take the normal taxi behind the Chrysler even in an ordinary queue.
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Old Sep 5, 09, 4:34 am
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Thanks for the heads up.
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Old Sep 5, 09, 7:48 pm
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Originally Posted by meester69 View Post
Looks like a Chrysler 300C. A cheap car made to look expensive.... It's no Mercedes.
Well the 300C do share some components from the older E-class. But I agree it is no Mercedes.

Thanks OP for the heads up.
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Old Sep 6, 09, 2:20 am
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Originally Posted by meester69 View Post
Looks like a Chrysler 300C. A cheap car made to look expensive.... It's no Mercedes.
Still, its the only large American car with a decent driving experience...all the others drive like a boat or a couch.
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