ComfortDelGro to raise taxi fares temporarily due to fuel price surges from Apr 4
Distance and waiting time fares will increase by one cent each.
ComfortDelGro will temporarily increase its distance and waiting time fares by one cent in all its taxis from next Monday (Apr 4).
This results from the recent “sharp increase” in fuel prices which is one of the consequences of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, said the taxi giant in a press release.
The one-cent increase will affect distance and waiting time fares, while flagdown fares will remain the same. Fares will thus increase by about 32 cents for a proposed distance of 32km.
The fare increase will help to cushion the impact of the fuel price hike on taxi drivers, whose fuel costs have increased by between $3.55 and $13.50 in the past month alone, said ComfortDelGro.
The decision to increase the fares temporarily was taken after very careful consideration, said Mr Jackson Chia, CEO of ComfortDelGro.
“We hope commuters will understand that this move is a measure of last resort and will be removed once fuel prices return to reasonable levels,” he said.
ComfortDelGro said it will review the fares again in May and remove the increase if fuel prices ease.
Less than a month ago on Mar 1, ComfortDelGro increased its taxi fares for the first time in 10 years. This included a 20-cent increase in flagdown fares and small increases in distance-based rates.
Other private hire car operators in Singapore have also announced fare increases this month in view of the higher fuel costs. Both Grab and Gojek introduced a temporary additional fee of 50 cents per ride, which their drivers will take home in full.