Three major taxi operators were fined by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) yesterday (Nov 16) for failing to meet the taxi availability standards.

SMRT and Premier were fined S$21,396 and S$12,027 respectively for failing to have the required proportion of taxis meeting the daily 250km minimum mileage in Feb and Aug respectively.

Prime, the smallest player with about 850 taxis, was fined S$108,990 in total for multiple lapses including not meeting the availability requirement during peak hours between Jan and Aug. Under the 2013 Taxis Framework, the LTA regulated that there must be 85% of the taxis on the road during peak hours from 7am to 11am and 5pm to 11pm.

According to the LTA’s recent report, 91% of the taxis are on the road during peak hours today as compared to 89% a year ago in 2014. The 2% increase translate to about 2,000 more taxis during peak hours. For the period between Jan and Sep this year, the percentage of taxis meeting the minimum 250km mileage increased 1% to 81%.

The only taxi operator which met the taxi availability standards is ComfortDelgro.

LTA however did not give any statistics on the working hours of taxi drivers which have lengthened due to the 250km mileage requirement.

Regarding regulations for Uber and GrabTaxi drivers, the new Senior Minister of State for Transport Ng Chee Meng said that the National Taxi Association submitted a list of complains to him and demand that mobile app cab-sharing taxi drivers be regulated in the name of “safety concerns” and “fairness”.