Tuesday, 27 October 2015

What it takes to be a Grabcar or UberX driver.


From the driver's perspective, the main worry is whether there is enough business to make it worthwhile to be a Grabcar driver instead being a normal taxi driver. Remember, Grabcar drivers are allowed to ferry passengers only from call bookings and not street jobs.

I think the popularity of using private cars as taxis to travel will improve when LTA address and regulate the service, reliability and security issues of this new business. When stringent LTA regulations are implemented, commuters confidence in using private cars will rocket off.

Grabcar and Uber can send taxi operators into bankruptcy if they and their drivers offer a pricing to commuters that's impossible for them to resist. For example, if Grabcar and Uber charges $20 at non-peak hours from Changi airport to Jurong Point compared to a normal cab fare of $30, which commuter would be foolish to take a normal cab.

As had happened in other countries, I guess such a day (when normal taxi drivers switch to be "private car drivers") will come sooner than expected. I can always become a GrabCar or Uber driver when that day arrives.

Good riddance COMFORT!

An interesting read: Three years on, how has Uber impacted Singapore? (Link)

20 comments:

e46 said...

As a driver..why would u wanna earn $20 (before uber commission deduction) instead of $30 (nett)????

roger chew said...

Hello Mr James, think u right, soon all the business will go to all these private car if Gov not doing anything. Thought of switching but I think right now these private hire service r more for those part timers and retiree.

Massage said...

Dnt worry, GOV will ask them to get taxi lic and will ban them from using x2 x3 charging system and will not let them use near 8 to 9 years old car. It will be harder for them and their prices will go up sooner or later.

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foolsh_2000 said...

I liked it.let CDG rot

Boh Tong said...

Wah what has happened to James. The blog has been spammed with so many ads here.
James are you ok buddy? I am worried if someone of our age keeps quite for a long time.

Lim James said...

Hi, Boh Tong,

Thanks for your asking of my well being. I'm ok. Not blogging for a long time?. Well I'm plainly lazy & have lately taken up gardening as a new hobby. Taking this opportunity to wish you a Happy New Year 2016. God bless you & your family. Bye...

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Boh Tong said...

Ok Ok James good to know that you are fine but just plain lazy to blog hor? Ya sometimes I feel the same too but I got to go on because my readers keep asking me for new juicy stories.
I wish I have a hobby like gardening too.
Wishing you and your loved ones a healthy and happy 2016.

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Anonymous said...

Hi uncle James. I read your blog dated 2012 about Prime taxi's deposit of 5k. Is it still the same now or has it improved?

Lim James said...

Hi Anon,

I guess the 5k deposit is no longer valid anymore because the car rental market for driving with UBER/GRABCAR is now very competitive. Regards : James

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Patrick Sin said...

I wanted to try driving taxis to earn a living. What stop me from jumping into it, I am not familiar with the roads. Can someone share with me their expedience n how to overcome this fear?

Patrick Sin said...

I wanted to try driving taxis to earn a living. What stop me from jumping into it, I am not familiar with the roads. Can someone share with me their expedience n how to overcome this fear?

James Lim said...

Patrick Sin,

It's natural and a fact that every new taxi driver has the same worry and fear like yours. Not everyone is able to walk when born. We learn as we grow and gain more experience. A common trick I used when I started as a new driver is to honestly declare to the passenger that you're a rookie and ask him/her to guide you to their destination. Nothing to be afraid or be ashamed to ask. Now we've GPS. Use it as much as possible. After three/four months on the road, you'll be comfortable. I promise. Good luck, Bro.


Rgd

James Lim



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