10 ‘Dangers’ of Being a Private Hire Driver in S’pore That You Probably Didn’t Know [Video]

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Hi, after working in Baddy Feed for so many years,
But I’ve quit to start my own business
在难吃粉工作了那么多年,我想时候自己创业

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You know what people always say right,
“Why work for others when you can work for yourself?”
就像人家说的,为别人打工,不如为自己打工

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“It’s either you set your own goals,
or you work for the goals of other people.”
如果你不为自己立下目标,你就会为别人的目标奋斗

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Which is why I’m a private hire driver
所以,我现在是私人租车司机

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As my own boss, I can set my own direction my own time, and most
importantly I don’t have to listen to anybody’s instructions you know!
我是自己的老板。我决定自己的目标。我不是要听别人的指示

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And also right-
还有啊-

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Uncle, Bukit Batok Crescent
怪人,武吉巴督

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Oh Crescent ah, okay can can
好的,你也很怪

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Some people think that being a private hire or cab
driver could well be the best job in the world
有些人觉得当私人租车司机是全世界最好的工作

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You have your own transport, you have
your own working hours, and you’re your own boss
你有自己的交通工具,你决定自己的工作时间,你也是自己的老板

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After all, you don’t have to listen to anyone except for yourself
除了自己,你不需要跟任何人交代

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But nothing could be further away from the truth
但事实并非如此

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Uncle why haven’t we moved?
叔叔,为什么还么有走啊?

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Ya la going already, youths these days…
啊要走了要走了,你们这些年轻人啊

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Aside from the stress and long working hours,
being a private hire or cab driver isn’t exactly “safe” as well
除了压力和长的工作时间,当私人租车司机也不怎么安全

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Here are ten “dangers” that a private hire driver faces
以下有十个当私人租车司机的危险

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Well, taxi drivers also la
德士也可能一样

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Here are some numbers to scare you:
这里有些吓你的数据,

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Accidents, poisoning and violence (including suicide),
is the fifth leading cause of death in Singapore in 2007,
意外,中毒,和暴力 是新加坡在二零零七年第五个最普遍的死亡因素

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and in 2016, there were a total of 140 fatal accidents
and 8,277 accidents that resulted in injuries
单单在二零一六年,一共有一百四十百万照成
了致命的交通意外,造成了8277人受伤

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While not all of them could implicate the driver, he is on
the road, which means the danger is much higher
当然,不是所有都牵连司机, 但司机时时刻
刻头在驾车,他面对的危险时因此更大

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Now, think about it: 8,277 accidents mean that there
are 22 accidents daily that resulted in injuries
现在想想, 8277个交通意外代表每日会发生22次的意外

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If your grandparents have once told you that driving
is one of the most dangerous activities in the world,
如果你的爷爷奶奶曾告诉你驾车时世界上最危险的活动之一,

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they’re pretty much correct
他们是对的

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Most PHV drivers in Singapore rent their cars, and if they get into an
accident, they would have to pay the CDW (collision damage waiver),
本地很多私人租车司机的车都是租来的。如果发生意外,

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sort of like excess for personal cars
他们必须还清车子的CDW

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While they won’t need to pay a cent if it’s not their fault,
it’s almost impossible for one not to have one moment of carelessness,
如果意外不是司机的错,他们不需还钱。但要完全不粗心是不可能的,

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especially when you’re driving almost eight hours daily
特别是当你每天开车近八个小时的时候

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The CDW could range from $1,000 to $4,000,
depending on the car rental company,
CDW的价钱从一千到四千不等,不同的厂商有不一样 的价钱

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while excess for an owned vehicle is usually around $500
vehicle owners are usually more concerned about their NCD than excess
私人车的超额大概是五百块

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If a driver earned $30,000 a year and got into
two accidents, with the CDW at, say, $2,000,
如果司机在一年里赚到了三十千,遇上两次这楼里, CDW是两千,

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he would have his “salary deducted by almost 13%”
遇上两次这楼里, CDW是两千,司机的薪水也会降低 至少十三

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As a normal driver, you might think that getting into
two accidents (without injuries) a year is not uncommon
身为普通v的自己,你或许觉得一年发生两次意外不常见

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Imagine having to drive ten times the journey
假设你需行驶十倍,

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it’s a scary thought, isn’t it?
恐怖吧?

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Do you know that if the average rating you get is below a certain star,
your account will be suspended?
你知不知道如果你的平均评分低过目标,你的户口会被暂停

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This is the reason why most of the PHV drivers are politer than
cab drivers, hoping that you would give them a five-star rating
因为这样,很多私人租车司机别都很谅解,希望你会给他按个赞

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But here’s when it gets tricky: some people
like to give three stars as an average
但是有些人评分是跟技巧俄?也有些喜欢给个品评分

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In other jobs, all you need to do is to do as you
are told, and you get to keep your job; mostly, at least
在其他的公司,你好只要跟丛知识为,你可以抱毯啊

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As a PHV driver, you need to go
beyond the job of driving to keep your job
私人租车司机必须提供最佳的苏点

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Imagine the horror when you realise you’re out of a job
because you’ve fetched too many of those three-star warriors
想象一下当你意识到自己失业时的恐怖,
因为你已经抓住了太多的那些三星级战士

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But of course, not all private-hire firms have this policy,
but hey: it’s how the industry works. Accept or be replaced
可是当然不用说,不是私人雇佣公司都有此政策。
可是这就是这一行的运作方式。接受,不然你会被淘汰

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This isn’t an if, but a when:
这不是如果,而是什么时候,

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driverless car technology is already here, and now,
it’s a matter of how to make society accept it
无人驾驶汽车技术已存在。目前的问题是如何让社会接受

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In fact, Singapore is one of the seven cities featured in a
Business Insider article to be the forerunner of driverless cars
其实,新加坡是Business Insider文章里的
七个国家之一是无人驾驶汽车的先驱

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Ironically, the ride-hailing firms are
also the ones who have invested in driverless cars
讽刺的是,这些乘车公司也有投资人驾驶汽车

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It’s like a school investing in robot teachers—all it takes is just one
change in policy and drivers all over the world would be flooding job fairs
这就如学校投资机器老师。
政策的小小变化,全世界的司机就必须找新工作

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Which would have serious repercussions. Watch on
后果其实挺严重。看下去吧

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Unless you’re a PHV driver, you most likely won’t know about
the incentives that drivers get on top of the fares they earn
除非你是个私人租车司机,你应该不知道司机
除了赚顾客乘车的费用,也享有优待

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Ride-hailing firms give monetary incentives to drivers who
clock a certain number of trips within a period
乘车公司会奖励在一个期限内完成一定数量的司机

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While they might not be higher than the overall
fare, it’s something that keeps the driver loyal
虽然奖励未必比整体票价高,
但是它已足够让司机们忠诚

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For example, clocking 40 trips in five
days could mean an incentive of $260
例如说,在五天之内完成四十个车程就会得到260元的激励

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The incentives, at least according to forums and
certain drivers, have been allegedly decreasing
但是根据网络论坛和不能说名字的司机,乘车公司发的激励是越来越少

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Whether it’s due to the heightened competition or market forces,
the real danger is the drivers’ helplessness:
不管是因为更加激烈的环境或别的原因,最大的危机是:

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they can’t do anything to increase the incentives
司机只能接受而改变不了任何东西

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Even if they perform, the incentives remain the same amount
无论他们表现的多好,激励依然不变

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It’s almost like getting a job that provided a salary that might drop
感觉上就好像是拿到一份随时都能减薪的工作

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That itself is a scary thought, isn’t it?
想了都怕,对吧?

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One can simply switch to another company, but let’s face it: if
the incentive is dropping in one company, it most likely is
going to drop in another company, too
当然,你可以转移到另一个公司。可是实话说,如果一个公
司的激励一直在减,在别的公司也应该会发生同样的事情

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That’s why there’s a thing known as “market rate”
这个就叫做市场利率

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Ask any boss what their greatest fear is and one
of which should be complacency
去随便问几个老板,他们都因该会说他们最大的担忧是自满

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Here, we ask our boss
来,我们去问我们的老板

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Boss, we have a question
老板,问你哦

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What!?
什么?!

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Why…do you come to the office every day?
You can… don’t come in if…you don’t feel like…
你为什么整天都来公司?如果不想来的话,你可以在家里休息

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Because you all stupid idiots don’t know how to get things done!
You think I like coming here meh? I want to sleep until 11am
then makan McDonald’s breakfast every day one leh!
因为我不来的话,你们这些蠢蛋什么都不会完成!你以为我想天天来吗?
我也想睡到十一点,然后吃麦当劳的早餐

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Then…boss…I think you should…
那么,老板,我觉得…

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Should WHAT!?
应该什么?!

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Nothing…
没什么…

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Ensuring that employees don’t get complacent is one heck of a job;
it would be much more difficult for a boss not to get complacent
不让员工太过自满已经不简单了, 可是当一个不会自满的老板更不容易呀

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And since a PHV driver is a boss, you can expect it to be an uphill task
想想的话,每一个私驾司机算是自己的老板

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The consequence of waking up late is just less earning?
醒不来吗?后果是当天的酬劳减少

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They might just let their tiredness take over, and
soon, that tiredness becomes complacency
首先,你会感到疲劳. 久而久之

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and paying the bills suddenly becomes a problem.
The cycle then goes on and on
疲倦就会变得自满,到最后,你就会开始还不
起生活费。风水轮流转,而是转得更加糟糕

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You can blame it on the driver’s lack of self-discipline, but come on:
if you’re a salaried worker, would you mind waking up later
every day without immediate consequences?
你可以说是司机没有自律,可是如果你是一个打工族,
没有不良后果的话,你会准时上班吗?

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In a typical job, being sick means you can call in sick,
如果你是做一份常规工作,

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and other than facing colleagues who
might just label you as an “MC King”
生病的时候可以请病假,

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there isn’t much of a serious consequence
最多只是给你的同事埋怨而已

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If you’re a PHV driver and you’re sick, for say three days,
可是如果你是一个私驾车司机,你如果那三天的病假,

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you’ll still be paying hundreds of dollars for
a car that you’re not going to use
那三天的租车费还是要还

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And not to mention those income-less days
况且在那三天里,你根本连一分的收入都没有

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Yes, they might have traded the flexible hours for
benefits, but MC has always been an entitlement
对,他们是在时间上比较自由,可是病假其实是一个权力

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Now they’ve lost that as well
现在,他们失去了这个权利

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Unless you’re a PHV driver who bothers to contribute to your CPF,
除非你是一个懂事的司机,

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you would be one of the many who don’t believe in putting
money into an account that you can only draw twenty years later
你不会把钱放进公职金,因为那些钱只能够在二十年后使用

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The danger here might not be immediate, but ten or twenty
years down the road, you might just regret your decision now
虽然不能够直接感受到,可是在一个十到二十年后,你可能会后愧

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And we haven’t even spoken about buying a new house
我们都还没有说到买房子呢

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If you chiong a red light twice, you’ll have effectively lost your license
你闯红灯的话,你的驾驶执照会被拿掉

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While you can argue that you might not even survive for driving
so recklessly, the reality of losing one’s license is real
虽然你可能认为这样驾驶迟早会赔上性命,可
是在你真的过世之前,你的执照早就被拿掉了

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Just ask around and see if any of your friends have lost their license,
or at least get some demerit points
去问你周围的朋友看有几个已经失去驾驶执照,或者被扣分

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Of course, the solution is always to drive safe, but
seriously, who deliberately drive unsafely?
那当然,简单的答案就是安全驾驶,
可是老实说,有谁会故意不安全的开车

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Of course, being a private-hire driver is
an honest job, and it can pay the bills
身为一个私驾车司机,不是什么见不得光的事,它也是一个饭碗

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But here’s the thing: if you’re one, or
intend to be one, do remember these few points:
但是如果你打算当一个司机,千万要记得

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Be very disciplined
(要有自律)

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Always learn new skills
(一定要更新你的技能)

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Save some money ‘coz CPF isn’t doing that for you
(存钱因为公职金根本不足够)

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Now, all the best!
祝你好运!