Singapore Will Introduce New Regulations For Taxi Booking Apps In 2015

TechCrunch

Singapore will next year introduce new regulations to manage the numerous taxi-booking app services that are available in the country.

The country’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) today outlined a framework to “safeguard commuter safety and interests” in response to the rapid rise of apps like Uber, Hailo, GrabTaxi and Rocket Internet-backed Easy Taxi. The organization expects the regulations to be effective within the first half of next year.

Singapore may be a relatively small country with a population of around five million, but there are nearly 30,000 registered taxi cabs and car ownership is expensive. In a recent interview, Hailo’s Ron Zeghibe told TechCrunch that it was “pretty clear” that taxi apps have taken off in the country.

The proposed framework isn’t likely to cause much chaos for these companies. They will be required to register with the TLA, and provide the cost of fares upfront, which they already do. They must also offer “basic” customer support services, and all drivers should hold Taxi…

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