Taxi fare evasion framework
Fare evasion hurts the livelihood of taxi drivers. To protect the interest of taxi drivers, passengers who do not pay their taxi fares will face composition fines of $200 for the first offence and $400 for the second offence.
This will be on top of the restitution payment made for the original unpaid fare. Repeat offenders who commit three or more offences, or who fail to make restitution payment, will be prosecuted in Court.
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Public Education for Taxi Passengers
By law, taxi passengers are required to pay the chargeable fare at the end of their journeys. Passengers can pay by cash, credit card, NETS, or CEPAS stored-value cards, subject to the availability of such payment devices in the taxis (charges for cashless payment may apply).
Passengers are responsible for ensuring that they can pay for the journey before the trip begins. In other words, passengers need to ensure that they have enough cash, or that the taxi has the choice of cashless payment method they are using. When paying by card, passengers need to ensure that their cards are valid and/or have sufficient funds. If passengers intend to pay by cash in notes of large denominations, they should check if the taxi driver has sufficient change before the journey begins.
If convicted, passengers who fail or refuse to pay their taxi fares will face a fine of up to $1,000. In the case of a second or subsequent offence, they face a fine of up to $2,000 or a jail term of up to 6 months, or both.
Many taxis have decals to inform passengers of the penalties for evading fares.
Public Education for Taxi Drivers
Taxi drivers are encouraged to lodge fare evasion reports if they encounter passengers who refuse to pay the fares. While the PTC and the Land Transport Authority administer and enforce the law against taxi fare evasion, taxi companies help their drivers to recover unpaid fares, for instance, by contacting the passengers. It is through these collective efforts that the authorities and taxi companies protect taxi drivers against fare evaders.