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Friday, November 16, 2012

Ugly Attitudes of Local Drivers.

I have been driving along the streets of Singapore for so many years, as a taxi driver for 15 years, yet so many things about the ugly habits and attitudes of local drivers have not changed over the years. The total lack of courtesy very evident till this day as well as selfishness, aggressiveness and impatience, all these just as active. In those days, road rage was a common occurrence, people get beaten up even for the slightest bit of 'honking', shouting or vulgar hand gestures. The law was not as strict then and speeding was rampant everywhere.

Today, drivers' habits remain the same, no improvements at all and discourtesy, impatience are all still there except for road rage which have soften down due to strict laws and harsh punishments for those who are involved. Minor accidents are usually caused through inconsiderate, negligent, 'kiasu' mentality and wilfully refusing to give way to other vehicles which often filter in and out of heavy moving traffic flow or in parking incidents. Nasty and fatal accidents are usually caused through speeding and drink driving.


7 comments:

  1. Absolutely agree with you but I just don't understand why Singaporean drivers are like this?

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    1. Honestly, I personally cannot understand why we are like that, all I can say or presume is that we are following and doing exactly what our fathers and forefathers did.

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  2. Sad. Singapore is a 1st world country with 3rd world behaviour.
    Uncle Frank, I enjoy reading your blog. :-)

    Juel

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    1. Thank you and do continue reading my blogs. I am not denying what you said, yes, 3rd world behaviour, so come on Singaporeans, lets try to change for the better and be a true and respected 1st world country that we are without a doubt!

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  3. Completely agree. As an Expat living in Singapore the driving style has always surprised me. Singapore is a wonderful, modern place with many kind and generous people. Yet if you were to judge the country purely by the attitude of road users it would be a selfish and angry place stuck in the dark ages.

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  4. How true, how true indeed. We must not make simple judgments anyhow we like, be honest, show wisdom and continue to keep learning from others.

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  5. I visit Singapore often and i live in India. I have travlled a lot in South East Asia. Been to China, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand.

    Compared to these countries, Singapore's Taxi system and its drivers are a gem. That's not to say there aren't problems. I have booked a comfort taxi many a times and the taxi never showed up. I can however always complain and get a response. This does not happen elsewhere.

    I do agree. Since 2011, i have been in a taxi where i have seen other taxi drivers make reckless decisions on the road. Hopefully, small problems such as this will be fixed.

    I don't think we can out rightly call Singapore cabbies as bad or ill informed.

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