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m., as opposed to the standard 7:00 a.m. rate, to 9:30 a.m. Find out more about the revision of the ComfortDelgro taxi tariff system....
Shh, you want a cab? The Sunday Times research found that taxi outs are returning to the tourism dollars after unparalleled visitors to Singapore. The TAXI travellers who travel to Johor Baru are glad that they will soon be able to call one of 200 registered taxis throughout Singapore for this journey across the frontier.
A taxi driver in JB can also board any of the 200 Malaysia taxi licenses for the return trip to Singapore. The DESPITE clearly shows that the taxi business is crowded - operator with lower profit, total loss and hundred of unused taxi's - there is a new taxi operator permitter.
But The Straits Times does understand that the claimant is Tiong Asia Marine, a small marine repair, painting and cleaning firm that provides services to the marine boiler world. Four new entrants have fought to join the established companies ComforDelGro (Comfort Taxi and CityCab) and SMRT Corp (SMRT Taxis) since the liberalisation of the taxi sector in Singapore in 2003.
Singapore-based taxi company ComfortDelGro said it bought Australia's Kefford Group for AUD 149.2 million (AUD 96.26 million). HOHE HIGH fuel expenses and fuel subventions for taxi companies as well as a weakening sterling slowed Comforters Corp's net income in the third three months and reduced it by 18%. One percent to $48.3 million compared to a year ago.
However, sales for the three month period ended September 30 increased by 5.2 percent to $811. 1.2 billion for organically grown operations in Singapore, China, Australia and Vietnam. Three percent to 2. 32 out of 3. 04. Terrestrial travel industry recorded increases in the number of readers of buses and trains, taxi rental services, car inspection and driver registration, but the translational effect of lower UK and Australian currency exchange had a negative impact on these positives.
Total cost of ownership increased 8.2 percent to $733.6 million in the third quarter, primarily due to increased levels of gas and electric charges, the purchase of re-sale diesels, the availability of personal injury coverage, payments for loan and network pass operations, and oil grants. For example, the cost of fuels and power increased by 37%. Sales of automotive equipment and supplies increased by 8 percent to 78.7 million dollars, while sales of material and supplies (diesel) increased by 48 percent.
Six percent to $90.2 million. ComfortDelGro said that foreign sales in the third quarter amounted to 42%. 2% of consolidated sales, after almost 48% in the previous year, with the long-awaited target of generating half of consolidated sales from abroad, which is confronted with a rapid humump in the shape of a devalued sterling.
Otherwise, the Group said that Group third-quarter EBIT was 50 percent higher than in the second quarter due to improvement in all areas of activity. Sales in the Group's buses segment fell by 1.2 percent to 396.8 million US dollars. However, the $26.4 million EBIT was 36 percent lower than a year ago due to higher propellant cost.
British coach services represented over 70 per cent of international coach sales, which amounted to 58 per cent. 17 per cent was generated in the UK. 9% of the Group's overall sales of buses. SBS Transit's Singapore revenue increased by 8.7 percent due to increased passenger numbers and rents. However, the result from ordinary business activities was 32 per cent lower than in the previous year due to higher propellant prices.
In the third quarter, the Singapore taxi segment recorded a 2.7 percent increase in revenue to USD 238.2 million. Sales from Singapore rose by 10. 5% to $157.6 million due to more non-cash transaction and a bigger airline outfit. However, the sales of ocean-going taxi companies dropped by 9. This was mainly due to a 19.6 percent drop in sales in the UK, although this was compensated by higher sales from China and Vietnam.
Overall, the overall EBIT decreased by 15. Six percent to $28.6 million. Sales of the northeastern MRT line and two LRTs increased by 19%. 7% to $28.5 million as passenger numbers increased continuously and the railway's operational profits increased 73. Nine percent to $4 million. In the first nine month period ended September 30, 2008, net income decreased 10 %.
Two percent to $155. Three million while income was 5. 6 percent higher at $2. 36 billion. Six percent lower than the 8. 33¢ before. Overall short-term debt of 790 US dollars. The system has been developed to make it much simpler to book taxis, and this pledge has been kept.
Last Monday the Land Transport Authority (LTA) introduced a new CTN (Common Taxi Number) system - 6-3425-222 or 6-DIAL-CAB - and the first indications are that it is a hit. Taxi passengers looking for a taxi call this number and are directed in turn to the call centers of the six taxi operators in Singapore until they receive one.
In order to find out how well it works, seven LifeStyle reporter tested the new number and the six taxi companies' helplines. Implemented by the LTA at no additional charge to taxi operators, the $90,000 new system was awarded a five-star score by the LTA staff for its simplicity and effectiveness.
Nearly all incoming phone conversations were answered immediately and then forwarded to one of the call centers of the six cabin managers. Reporter who could not get to their taxi company or did not make a reservation alternatively used the new helpline number and their call was also handled quickly.
Assigns taxi operators automatic call assignments on the basis of their percentage of all callers. In this way, each taxi business receives its own proportion of the call assigned to it. You can call this new line and ask its operators to forward your call if you favour a particular taxi service but cannot recall the reservation number.
An LTA review shows that more than 4,600 phone conversations were made to the new line in the first four trading day. His spokesperson says the system can process 780 simultaneous phone conversations. Even at rush hour times, this amount of call would be exceptional," says the spokesperson, and adds that in the first four working day, the system reached a 100 percent acceptance ratio for all incoming call.
In order to increase publicity for the new system, 130 poster and 15,500 flyers were sent to six main tourism destinations such as Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and Singapore Flyer. Furthermore, 30 taxi ranks in Singapore indicate the new number. No taxi could be found for our reporters for the first three phone conversations, and the one times a reservation was made, the taxi could not appear.
The taxi operators in Singapur say they welcome the new venture, but most of them were hesitant to say whether the new system will lead to more reservations as it is still in its infancy. Deputy Managing Director Agnes Seng, 24, says: "Instead of trying to call all taxi businesses when I can't get through, I'm just dialing one number now.