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Beware guys, do not aboard this “private taxi”
On 1st of March 2015, i was with my family (wife, 3 years old daughter & a newborn son) trying to hail a taxi at beach road area when this particular car stop by. The man in a car approached me & asked where am i going. So i told him i’m heading to woodlands. Immediately, He told me to aboard. I thought it was some private taxi as when i aboard, he used some iphone apps to record the meter fare. He then explain his from uber company & told us to search the net if we dont believe after that he then told us the meter fare was $3.90 upon boarding & $0.70 per km. He asked us if we’re fine with it. He claim that they(uber company) is slightly more expensive than normal taxi. But while i was trying to do some research about this company to roughly know how much we need to pay. In less than 30 mins of ride, i saw his meter shoot up to $50++. We were already on the highway. So i told him to alight us nearby where he can stop. Instead he stopped at some ulu destination around yio chu kang & told us to paid $97. Its less than 3 mins, the meter fare increase $40++. When i asked him why is the fare so expensive, he claimed that he did inform us that it $8/km. Who on earth will be so stupid, to allow someone to charge at $8/km. I didnt want to put my wife & kids in any danger as i’m afraid if i confront him longer & not pay him, he might do anything to harm them, i had no choice but to pay him the $97.
Please help to share around & create awareness to avoid anymore people being scam.
Firstly, I don’t think this driver is from Uber. UberX and UberExec drivers aren’t allow to pick up passengers by the road. They can only pick up passengers who booked for a Uber through the App. Without a valid booking, Uber drivers can’t start the charging meter. So this can’t be an Uber driver.
The rates is also wrong. UberX’s base fare is $3.50 and $0.50 per km. UberExec’s base fare is $7 and $1.95 per km. There’s nothing from Uber that charges base fare $3.90 and $0.70 per km.
Most importantly, Uber drivers aren’t allowed to pick up customers without booking.
So do be careful. Do not board this so called “private taxi”. All Taxi in Singapore uses a Taxi meter. Uber only pick up passengers via their app.
Update: The Land Transport Authority (LTA) had impounded the vehicle. The driver may face possible fines, imprisonment and forfeiture of the vehicle if he is found guilty of breaking the Road Traffic Act.