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INTRODUCTION:
With Singapore's ultra efficient MRT, LRT and bus services, one would wonder why there are taxis roaming in the city-state. True, one could get from point A to B in Singapore by using public transportation, but the comfort provided by the extra luggage space and personalised service is simply could not be provided by other modes of transportation, save it for driving your own car into Singapore.

COMFORT AND YELLOW-TOP CABS:
Chances are you have seen the milky blue Comfort cabs at least a few times while you are in Singapore. Comfort is the largest operator of taxis in the city state with a whopping fleet of 11,700 cars. The taxis are all air-conditioned, and (are you ready for this?) are satellite-linked to the company's control centre. That means you will be able to get to your destination even if the driver is not familiar with the outskirt areas. Nonetheless, I did see a taxi driver asking for direction from a restaurant owner while I was having my lunch in Chinatown. I suppose that was a rare occurrence.

Much have been said about the driver's friendliness when carrying you as a passenger, especially those coming from Singapore's Changi International Airport. Perhaps the authority has put so much emphasis on courtesy and politeness to give a good impression to first-time visitors to this island-state.

TAXI RATES:
Once you flag down a taxi, there will be a minimum charge of SGD2.40 which is good for the 1st kilometre of your journey. Need an extra space for your shopping luggage? Flagging a Sovereign Limousine taxi will cost you SGD2.60 which is not too bad at all. Charges go up at SGD0.10 for every 225 metres of travel. I feel that the taxi charge in Singapore is affordably cheap for the masses.

There are also varying surcharges if you book a taxi over the phone, or asking the taxi to wait for you. There are also extra charges for peak periods of 0730-0930 hrs, 1700-2000 hrs, as well as weekends and public holidays.

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