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Govt to relook taxi fare structure


THE Government will relook the taxi fare structure to make it simpler and easier to compare across cab operators, said Senior Minister of State for Transport Josephine Teo.

Admitting that today's taxi fare structure is "complex and confusing for commuters", Teo said yesterday that the Land Transport Authority will work with the Public Transport Council and cab companies to look into retooling the fare structure.

This will take into account "the impact on taxi drivers, ultimately to have a taxi fare structure that best serves commuters' interests", Teo told Parliament.

Responding to Liang Eng Hwa (Holland-Bukit Timah GRC), Teo said taxi fares were deregulated in Sept 1998 to allow cab operators to set their own fares to be "more responsive to market conditions".

On whether fare structures now ensure enough taxis ply the roads, Teo said the different surcharges have been imposed to better match taxi supply with demand by giving incentives to cabbies to serve locations and time periods where the demand is high.

Taxi companies are required to publicise fare revisions at least one week in advance in the media and on their websites. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network

Charged with hacking


Alleged hacker James Raj Arokia-samy will be remanded at the Institute of Mental Health for psychiatric evaluation, the court ruled.

This means the 35-year-old, who is charged with hacking the Ang Mo Kio Town Council website on Oct 28, will not be allowed access to any third parties except for medical personnel until the evaluation is complete.

District Judge Kessler Soh allowed the application despite protestations from Raj, who told the court that he had suffered a concussion and assaulted when arrested on Nov 4. The alleged hacker also claimed to have been denied contact with his mother and deprived of medical attention for long periods. He insisted that he had been taken out of context when he said in court yesterday morning that he suffered from Attention Deficit Hyper-activity Disorder (ADHD).

His lawyer M. Ravi said the man's demeanour in court showed he did not suffer from any mental condition and therefore should not be remanded.

But Deputy Public Prosecutor Tang Shangjun said Raj was merely "changing his tune", and argued that no prejudice would be caused by remanding him at IMH. The next mention for the case has been fixed for Nov 26. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network

Online scam alert after woman almost falls prey


Police have issued a public alert after a woman almost fell prey to an online scam over the weekend.

The woman met the suspect through a social networking website in September and they communicated through that site as well as on instant messaging platforms. They even exchanged compromising photographs of each other, said the police in a press statement on Monday night.

Earlier this month, the suspect, a Caucasian male, told the woman that he would be coming to Singapore and wanted to meet her. But he requested money from her before the trip, saying it was for "clearance and administrative fees". The money was to be transferred to his overseas bank account.

The woman, sensing that something was amiss, made a police report instead. Members of the public are advised to be aware of such scams, said the police.

For instance, be wary of messages from strangers who want to be friends and do not transfer money overseas to anyone claiming to be in trouble over the Internet. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network


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