We refer to the letter by Mr Tan Hee Jan, ‘Cut ERP rate for taxis’ (The Straits Times, 17 Jul 2013), in which Mr Tan suggested that the Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) rate for taxis be cut to encourage more taxis to enter the Central Business District (CBD).
To encourage taxis to enter the CBD, taxi companies have implemented a city area surcharge that is payable on trips originating from within the CBD from Monday to Sunday and public holidays between 5pm and midnight. With respect to kerbside pickups, we have relaxed the CBD taxi rule to make it easier for taxi drivers to pick-up and drop-off passengers along all roads within the CBD, except those with bus lanes during bus lane operation hours and specific roads which are dangerous for all vehicles to stop at any time.
Mr Tan also queried on the taxi availability standards, the aim of which is to increase taxi fleet utilisation. These standards are imposed on the taxi companies set based on a proportion of the taxi fleet, not by driver and were derived after extensive consultation with the industry.
We refer to Mr Tan’s letter, ‘ERP deters cabbies from entering city’ (The Straits Times, 11 January 2014) in which Mr Tan shared that taxi drivers do not enter the CBD because they do not want to pay the Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) charges.
In addition, we have relaxed the CBD taxi rule to make it easier for taxi drivers to pick-up and drop-off passengers along all roads within the CBD, except those with bus lanes during bus lane operation hours and specific roads which are dangerous for all vehicles to stop at any time.
To encourage taxi drivers to enter the CBD for fares, taxi companies have introduced the CBD surcharge of $3.00 which goes to the driver to help them offset the ERP charges and incentivise them to ply the CBD/city areas. The surcharge is payable on trips originating from within the CBD during the evening peak periods from 5pm to midnight.
Secure taxi ranks operate late on Friday and Saturday nights in busy locations across the state. Security guards are on duty to ensure the safety of customers and drivers. The government has also introduced the option for drivers to ask customers to pre-pay, in Kings Cross, Surry Hills and the Sydney CBD. The security supervisors will help with the estimation of the fare.
Acknowledgement of Country
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We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of NSW, and their continued connection to land, water and culture. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.