Taxis keen to swing by MBS but concerned with long queue

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Taxis keen to swing by MBS but concerned with long queue

Postby DM101 » Tue May 11, 2010 10:03 am

SINGAPORE: From Wednesday, those who take a taxi from Marina Bay Sands (MBS) will have to pay a S$3 surcharge. This is to get taxi drivers to swing over to the roads around the resort to pick up passengers.

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The taxi stand in front of Marina Bay Sands is 100 metres long and 20 taxis can sit in the queue at any one time.

Cabbies are concerned that the queue could get longer once the surcharge kicks in.

Many said they'll go to the Integrated Resort for passengers but are worried that there won't be enough area for them to wait.

One cabby said: "Its going to be a long queue definitely because with the S$3 surcharge, taxi drivers will come and start to queue here."

Taxi drivers at Marina Bay Sands are advised to go elsewhere if the queue spills to the main road.

This is already the case even without the S$3 surcharge.

While most drivers noted the problem lies with the taxi stand's layout, some said they won't wait if the queue gets too long.

The Taxi Operators' Association has highlighted the problem to Marina Bay Sands, adding that its drivers will go somewhere elsewhere if the waiting area is limited.

Marina Bay Sands said it's studying the situation and has concrete plans so far. - CNA/vm
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