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SINGAPORE - Singapore has been ranked 20th on a list of the world's best
taxi services, according to a survey by Hotels.com.
But when it comes to weird behaviours on the back of cabs, Singapore's taxi
drivers say they have seen it all.
According to a Shin Min Daily News report, Singaporeans' most common
activity in the back seat include texting and sending emails.
But other more unusual behaviours witnessed by cabbies include kissing, and
even changing their babies' diapers. Drivers here say passengers will usually
make full use of their time.
Said one driver, Mr He Guo Guang, 52, "I once drove a pair of tourists to
the airport. They were kissing non-stop in the backseat. I was embarrassed, but
there's nothing I could do."
TransCab Operators' Association secretary, Mr Patrick Teo, 49, said he has
witnessed passengers clipping their nails while riding in the cab.
Some picked up after themselves, while others simply left their clippings
behind, said Mr Teo.
The survey by Hotels.com also revealed that many passengers do not mind
sharing cabs with strangers.
The survey was conducted in July 2012, with a sample size of more than 1,600
respondents across 28 countries and cities.
Travellers voted on the world's best taxi services based on the categories
of “Cleanliness”, “Knowledge of the area”, “Quality of the driving”,
“Friendliness”, “Safety and Availability” and “Value”.
London took the top spot for the world's best taxis, followed by New York,
Tokyo, Shanghai and Bangkok.
Hotels.com also dispensed some expert tips and advice on how to hail a taxi
in each of the top 5 cities.
Click on the pictures for these useful tips and take a look at some of
the most common and unusual activities in the back of cabs.
Things travellers have done in a taxi (ranked in order of popularity,
beginning with the least):
16. Making sandwiches
14. Changing diapers
8. Working on a laptop
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