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.
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.
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.
Helen Lim (Ms)
Director, Media Relations
Land Transport Authority