Shocking: Most taxis is boh airbag one

18 May

Wah lau eh…I am like between wtf and knnbccb. You mean for the sake of profits, taxi companies like Comfort Delgro (SLF, an affiliate of NTUC has more than 10% share) and SMRT (majority shareholder is Temasek) can scrimp on airbags (read here).

For the relatively older taxi models like Toyota Crown and Nissan Cedric airbags were not so common (ok I buay song but fair enough), but surely airbags for the newer models of Hyundai Sonatas we see on the roads today should be assumed and even compulsory.

Taxi drivers spend so much time on the roads and they fetch countless number of passengers everyday, hence for the safety of all airbags should be compulsory as they can save lives. For crying out loud, taxi companies want to save $$$ might as well remove the seat belts and make the car out of canned sardines!!! (Only because the law doesn’t allow them to.)

Are the taxi companies saying that safety is not as important as profits? Are the taxi companies saying that they can pay $60K for a COE but cannot afford to install airbags? It gives me the feeling that those who drive taxis and those who take taxis don’t deserve the protection of an airbag like those who can afford to buy their own private cars. Like I said before, is being rich also being right in this country?

One would think that the union for taxi drivers would stand up for their work safety as a first and foremost mission. No matter how much we pay for taxi fares, if dead and died already also cannot earn $$$ right. But the National Taxi Association under the NTUC and the shining beacon of tripartite is either sleeping on the job or too close to taxi companies such that they cannot fully articulate the concerns of taxi drivers. No surprise that the ‘advisors’ to NTA are always PAP MPs like Seng Han Thong, Ang Hin Kee, Wee Siew Khim etc.

Even Gerard Ee says it better:

Mr Ee said: “Taxi operators should show concern for their drivers by ensuring the taxis they rent out have airbags – they can arrange to install airbags on those which do not have them by arranging for fitting to be done on (taxi drivers’) day-off and to schedule it to minimise downtime.”

In fact reading the TODAY article makes me heart ache:

Taxi drivers whose vehicles are not equipped with airbags told Today that they are concerned about bearing the cost of installing the safety feature. Mr Tan H K, 56, said: “I would also have to send my cab in and that means loss of earnings.” But Mr Patrick Aw, 54, said: “It is something I am okay living without. If it is your time to go, not even airbags can save you.”

Uncle Patrick Aw, I respect your stoic outlook but no matter whether it’s your time or not your time to punch hole in NRIC, the taxi union has a responsibility to protect the safety of taxi drivers, otherwise better call them taxi companies union.

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7 Responses to “Shocking: Most taxis is boh airbag one”

  1. xiao ming May 18, 2012 at 6:01 pm #

    this is appalling…how can this continue? why no opposition or ngo stand up for taxi drivers?

  2. KAM May 18, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

    Airbags need to be factory-installed, not aftermarket.
    It does not cost that much more (perhaps 1-2k SGD more), but any dollar counts towards profit margins.
    A frontal airbag or even side curtains will not save the driver nor the passenger from the Ferrari T-bone crash. Only a tank will save you.

    • correctingthedumbass May 18, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

      nobody talking about ferrari accident u dumb ass. precisely they should be installed before they are used on the road. now want to install of course taxi company pay u dumb ass. otherwise taxi driver pay meh. dumb ass.

  3. ape@kinjioleaf May 19, 2012 at 1:55 am #

    Airbags? Ask taxi drivers how they feel about the tyres first.

  4. unbrandedbreadnbutter May 24, 2012 at 9:34 am #

    After the Ferrari crash and after reporters have pointed out that most taxis don’t have airbags, now Adviser to National Taxi Association and PAP MP, Ang Hin Kee, has written to LTA asking for airbags to be made compulsory in taxis. LTA say, “We will have to carefully study and evaluate the requirement for airbags in vehicles.” Like wtf.

  5. unbrandedbreadnbutter May 24, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    http://news.insing.com/tabloid/calls-for-airbags-in-taxis-get-louder/id-914b3f00

    News article above.

    Good for Ang Hin Kee that he ask LTA and taxi companies to fit airbags. But he only did so after TODAY reporters print the stories. I hope he will get to know more taxi issues as Adviser to National Taxi Association. Kudos to TODAY reporters.

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