Everyone was talking about Transport Minister Raymond Lim’s comment about cabbies earning average $318 daily. The amount seems too good to be true. While everyone has different way of calculating the take home pay, all of us conclude that if the earning is $318, the monthly take home pay will be around the pay of a fresh grad (or even higher).
Most people feel that the figure is near impossible.
Then ComfortDelGro steps out to clarify the matters.
ComfortDelGro has since clarified, $318 accounts for a taxi’s takings over two shifts.
With most taxis shared between two drivers, to defray costs and working hours, the average daily takings for each cabbie — before deducting rent and petrol costs — would work out to $159. Minus expenses, this would mean the average driver pockets about $85 a day.
“We have over 30,000 drivers and there will definitely be drivers who earn more than the average and those that earn less,” said ComfortDelGro spokeswoman Tammy Tan.
Luckily this article came out in time. I was about to submit my resignation letter and apply for a taxi license.
Although some cabbies claims that $159 per 12 hr shift is optimistic, at least the figure looks much more closer to reality.
Which makes you wonder something. Is Raymond Lim too disconnected from the average Singaporean? When the $318 figure was reported, everyone knew that there was an error. He didn’t ask or use a calculator to check before presenting this obviously flawed figure to parliament.
Either he has no idea how much an average cabbie is earning or he thought that cabbie can work 24 hour shift daily.
I think our Transport Minister Raymond Lim should do Hip Hop for the next Chingay to connect with the people. Just like what the P65 did last year.