The hike may be interpreted as follows:
There is an apparent glut of taxis today and many drivers are simply not working like the slaves they are expected to be. There are simply too few of them dying in harness behind the wheel lately! When was the last time we heard of a taxi crashing when a driver has a sudden heart attack behind the wheel? (If I can recall, the last time a driver died behind the wheel was when a red sport car driven by a PRC beat the red light and smashed into his taxi like a missile in a drone strike, at a road junction, killing both the driver and his Japanese passenger. But that shouldn’t count because it was not a heart attack!).
Yes, not many. And that’s a sure sign of the lack of ‘drive’ in too many of our taxi drivers. For the way to a ‘good’ life for taxi drivers is to simply drive until they drop or they drop many passengers, whichever comes first (?) or whichever way they prefer to go! This will ‘encourage’ the ‘less’ dedicated ones to give up their licenses. It is also one more way to ‘create’ more jobs for the local PMETs who have been displaced or sacked by exploitative employers in favour of ‘cheaper and betterer’ FTs. After all, it is not like it’s unheard of as we already have at least one taxi driver with a PhD and others with other university degrees. The older taxi drivers and those with chronic sickness like kidney failure –there are not a few in these groups – will just have to bite the bullet and descend lower in the food chain to jobs like cleaners and security guards. Just too bad, for that’s life, according to ‘dig-spurs-into-your-backsides’ LKY.
DON’T YOU THINK THIS IS A NEAR PERFECT, IF NOT ANOTHER PERFECT SOLUTION FOR AND BY THE GIFTED GOVT WE HAVE? Sometimes, I must take my hat off to the govt and taxi operators for yet again coming up with a solution that never failed to deliver a huge kick at our backsides and a huge kickback for themselves at our expense. This takes not an ounce of gray matter. One can never overstate their creativity in coming up with solutions to fix a problem AND also fix Singaporeans at the same time even though we are not opposition politicians. Others, I can think of are like the solution to housing and property prices, our CPF, medical coverage and cost/medishield, MDA licensing – in effect proscribing alternative views, and of course, the 6.9 million solution to our population woes (i.e. by adding to them!).