Cabbies hog stand while 'changing shift'

Cabbies hog stand while 'changing shift'
Taxi drivers hogging spaces at taxi stands mya be waiting to change shifts or pick up passengers going in the same direction as them, but LTA warns that drivers refusing to hire out their taxis without valid reasons will be penalised under the Vocational Licence Points System with six demerit points and a fine of $300.
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SINGAPORE - Taxis waiting at taxi stands with the "Change Shift" signs displayed have drawn the ire of many passengers.

The cabbies not only turn down fares in queue, but their vehicles also hog the spots at the stand.

One irate passenger highlighted the practice on citizen-journalism website Stomp on Monday.

She said she was refused by three taxis displaying "Change Shift" signs at Yishun MRT station's taxi stand last Saturday.

Shipbroker Karin Woon, 38, told Stomp: "They declined to take me to Mandai (her destination), but they still parked their cabs there."

In an interview with My Paper, Ms Woon said that, if a cab driver parks at and hogs a space at a taxi stand just to wait for an ideal client, the "cabby is out of line".

It is not clear if the three cabbies were using the taxi stand as a place to hand over their vehicles.

A 55-year-old taxi driver with CityCab, who wanted to be known only as Mr Pek, said that the taxi drivers could be waiting to "pick up some extra fare on their way home" - passengers who are going in the same direction. Still, the taxis should not have obstructed the road, he said.

The taxi stand near Yishun MRT station has space for only two taxis. Ms Woon said she was "forced to stand on the edge of the main road behind (those) cabs to get the attention of other cabbies".

What made it worse was that there is a loading bay behind the taxi stand, which is usually occupied, and that might make it difficult for a waiting passenger to look out for other taxis.

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