Taxi! Taxi-cabs that have disappeared from Singapore Streets
Updated: Aug 19, 2020
During phase 2 of our new normal, my mentee, Douglas, has kept busy. I started him on Taxis of SG as he likes to draw vehicles. Remember our childhood days when we used to hail "Taxi!" and share them with other commuters? In the late eighties, private radio taxi organisations operated their services from these make-shift huts. Fondly, The Sembawang Hill Estate Radio Taxi Service in Jalan Leban is still a living heritage today, though non-operational! The Boon Lay Garden Radio Taxi Service still operates. Got Douglas to quickly sketch this before it disappears from its locale at Upper Thomson- Sembawang Hill Estate. Happily collaging his sketches and dreaming of wares to market...see his other art-inspired wares to market here
The "Call a Taxi" service started its fleet of black and yellow taxis; most "were stationed at Raffles Place, General Post Office, Grand Hotel de l’Europe, Adelphi Hotel, Raffles Hotel and the company’s garage at 1 Orchard Road, ready to pick up passengers. The fare was 40 cents per mile – the same as when taxi services were introduced a decade earlier."
The first yellow top taxis were brought into Singapore in 1933 by the Wearne Brothers, founded in 1906. We researched it and tried to reproduce it here with its winged tips!