The number of varieties of the type of cars that is being used a taxi has been steadily increasing.
Apart from the thousands of crown taxi on the road, there are the luxurious mercedes E-class, the very powerfu skoda superb, the huge hyundai sonata, the underrated kia magentis, the very ancient nissan cedric as well as then spacious Vito This is what i call the common models. Then there are uncommon models like the honda stream / airwave, toyota wish / fielder / camry / axio / liteace, ssangyong rodius, fiat croma, peugeot partner, kia carnival / caren, hyundai azera, vw touran and the (one and only) volvo v70
A simple count by anyone will reveal that there are a total of more than 20 different type of taxi on Singapore road. As compared to 3 variant of toyota crown, corona and nissan cedric 10 yrs ago, this is a more than 600% increase.
Now that we the consumers (unless you are a taxi uncle) are spoilt for choice, will u deliberately wait and take a better taxi e.g. Merc as compared to a toyota when budget is not of a concern. Ie company trip, and you are not in a hurry.
Well, me and one of my friends actually answered yes to the questions. We are not close 'friends' of taxi uncles and yet we are so bored of the monotony of crown taxi on the road that we decide that the only way to show our displeasure is to boycott them. My friend who deliberately not take crown stopped for him made the remark that this (his actions of not wanting to take crown taxi) will tell the drivers to stop driving crown and change their ride.
Of course this would not make the taxi driver go and change his tool of survival but there is a increasingly loud voice that cabs are getting comfortable and we do not want to take those uncomfortable cab.