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  1. Vin Cars, Vince Cars and Car Times, are they under the same company or group..?
  2. Rumors? Test balloons. MLMLWML Rule against this, implemented in 2012 to address complaints that it was driving up car premiums, said to be under review Christopher Tan Senior Transport Correspondent Taxi operators may soon be allowed to compete with car buyers for certificates of entitlement again - a move which may fuel competition for COEs. Regulations banning cab firms from bidding for COEs were put in place in 2012 to address a longstanding gripe among car buyers and sellers that taxis were dri-ving up premiums and providing unfair competition. The Straits Times understands that those regulations are being reviewed, and it is possible that they could be reversed. The LTA, however, said that it would not comment on "market speculation". Even though taxis were almost always larger cars - which should rightfully be competing for COEs in Category B (cars above 1,600cc) - they were lumped with Category A (cars up to 1,600cc) in the past. It was not uncommon then for taxi companies to make up one-third of the bids submitted during a tender. With the removal of taxis from COE bidding, put in place by former transport minister Lui Tuck Yew, cab operators have been paying Category A's prevailing quota premium (PQP, or a moving average of past premiums). The move eased pressure on Category A almost immediately. But two years after the rule change, private-hire operators such as Uber and Grab started to grow their fleets and, unlike taxis, were allowed to bid for COEs. The pressure on prices eased when Uber pulled out of Singapore last year, but started to build up this year with the arrival of Indonesian ride-hailing firm Gojek. With Grab's fleet expansion, and smaller players like Ryde and Tribecar joining the fray, premiums are once again heading north. The Straits Times understands that allowing taxi firms to bid for COEs again could form part of an industrywide review of taxi and private-hire operations. Results of the review, conducted by the Land Transport Authority (LTA), are expected by the middle of this year. Industry players said they have been hearing about the possible change, although no one has been informed officially. Trans-Cab managing director Teo Kiang Ang said such a move would not be desirable as it is likely to drive up COE prices, translating into higher business costs. Premier Taxis managing director Lim Chong Boo said companies would have to make "strategic changes to the business model" if they are allowed to bid again. Motor traders expect the move, if implemented, to displace more private car buyers. For the past few years, private-hire operators have edged out thousands of car buyers with aggressive fleet expansions. Yet, many of the cars they bought lie idle. Mr Ang Hin Kee, adviser to the National Taxi Association and the National Private Hire Vehicles Association, concurred. "We have a zero car growth policy. This is not a very smart way of doing things," he said when asked what he thought about the massive idle fleet, estimated to number more than 2,000. Mr Ang, who is also deputy chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Transport, had called for a cap on the taxi and private-hire car population. He pointed out that there are about 130,000 taxi and private-hire vocational licence holders, and too many drivers vying for commuters. Mr Ang said the age requirement for new taxi and private-hire drivers could also be raised to prevent an oversupply of drivers.
  3. Hi all, be very honest as my first thread i did not know where to position this thread but posting it here anyway. backstory, my mum drives grab part time and is returning the car to the previous rental company in less than 3 months time ( we signed 1 year ) until now , under coverage, only my mum was able to drive the car under insurance, although i still drove the car with the companies consent , they have told me that there will be next to no coverage or super high excess should anything happen to me or the car while i was driving the car anyone currently, is driving grab gojek tada , rents a car, but the company also covers another young driver (for personal use only) with less than 2 yrs exp?? we are currently looking at vezel / CHR/ ioniq hybrid or regardless what car , there was no topic whatsoever i could find on this topic thanks all !!
  4. BAN: Clone of Dennis78 Hi all, I been wanting to do up my solar films for my car as the weather is terrible these days. And went on to understand and enquiry about the different types of solar films offered in Singapore. To my surprise some Top brands do not seem to offer very good types of solar films and instead its the lesser known companies that do I understand that Metallic films will cause IU/GPS interference and are the lesser preferred. And IR% would be most important for heat rejection. I asked for their top specs and for my mid-size saloon BMW 320I and all LTA approved. Below are my findings for each Brand_____________Type of Solar Film____________Front IR%________________Rear IR%_______________Cost Huber Optik___________Nano-Ceramic_________________45______________________87____________________1100 V- Kool______________Metalllic-Film_________________77_____________________98_____________________1200 Absolute Tint__________Nano-Ceramic__________________95_____________________95_____________________480 Rike Cool_____________Nano-ceramic__________________80_____________________90___________________1600 Tintsy Cool_____________Nano-Ceramic__________________90_____________________90______________________949 Verdict - I decided on Absolute Tint that proves the best value and highest specs for both front and rear. It was quite shocking to know that the big brands are over-charging and not proving as good films as I thought they have.
  5. Hi all, Just graduated from TED Automotive Diploma and interested in applying for jobs. But im not sure what i have to do or look out for with regards to CV or applying for job as have no prior job experience before as i am a fresh grad. Want to apply at Nissan but they dont have a specific job opening, they just say to email resume to them. So not sure what to say when emailing them. Has anyone applied for or working at car companies at the moment? Thanks in advance!
  6. as if congestion is not enough.. or missed out the underlying message.
  7. It seems that there are car sales everywhere.. Is it really GSS time for cars, or just gimmicks? I recently had a chat with one rep, and the rep confided, that around this time, the companies, typically the ADs, will need to rouse up sales if they have not met the annual targets. And if you get it now, from reps who have not met their annual targets, there is a bigger hunger, so they will be willing to share their commissions with you, and help you get a better price. Having been to two sales recently, I can tell you from a first person point of view that the reps are truly keen to close a deal, and if you are really keen, get that cheque book ready, there are deals to be had. For example, BMW has their 100 year sale, and one can score a BMW 116d for 123k plus a bunch of freebies. The quantum of freebies that you get will depend on your bargaining skills and which rep is more hungry. So is a senior rep better or a junior one? IMO, the latter. He / she has targets to met, and is more willing to forgo the commission in order to keep his / her job.
  8. In an experiment that involved sending out more than 2,500 resumes either with or without photos of the applicant, economics researchers Bradley Ruffle at Ben-Gurion University and Ze’ev Shtudiner at Ariel University Centre sought to answer the question of whether being good looking could help you find a job. The answer surprised them: Not if you’re a woman. Pretty women faced an uphill struggle to get a chance at a job. The economists hadn’t reckoned on the fact that 93 percent of the HR staffers deciding whether to call in someone for an interview were female. It turns out that HR women (who also tend to be young and single and hence still in the dating market for men) are eager to meet with handsome men. But they’re jealous of beautiful women. So your business is losing out on talented people (and wasting time with untalented ones) based on their looks. Everybody has a Human Resources horror story, which is why, in the words of one writer, HR is widely thought of as “at best,a necessary evil — and at worst, a dark bureaucratic force that blindly enforces nonsensical rules, resists creativity, and impedes constructive change.” HR, goes the refrain, is too important to be left to HR. Here are a few of the reasons HR types are impossible: They speak gibberish. “Internal action learning.” “Being more planful in my approach.” “Human capital analytics.” “Result driven.” Even HR people realize their words are meaningless. Check out their B.S. bingo game. They revel in red tape. CEOs complain that HR seems to put compliance first, people afterwards. A survey of C-level executives in Europe found that 42 percent of respondents described their HR employees as too absorbed in process and heedless of the big picture. The blogger “Ask the Headhunter” notes that your HR department will never let you fire anyone because “who wants to risk a lawsuit?” Solution: fire the person anyway. And send the HR person who stonewalled you right out the door behind him. They live in a bubble. “As HR leaders we feel ourselves to be near the pinnacle of the organization,” wrote one HR exec.”The organization reports to us. It must meet our demands for information, documents, numbers.” Leaders? As is often the case with bureaucrats, servants are mistaking themselves for masters. They’re also clueless about the subject they pride themselves in knowing best, which is people. Eighty-three percent of HR folk believe their employees intend to stay on for another year, double the percentage of employees who said that. A similar number, 81 percent, of HR workers believe their employees would recommend the company to a friend. Only 38 percent of the employees agreed. These failures matter: Employee turnover costs businesses an estimated $11 billion a year, with recruiting costs standing at roughly 150 percent of the employee’s annual salary. A Dale Carnegie/MSW Research report warned that employee turnover could rise as high as 65 percent. They aren’t really in your business. HR places a disturbingly high premium on what it calls “communication skills” and what you and I call “talking.” A survey found that 83 percent of HR professionals cited training in communication skills (they spent their college years in Watercooler 101?) as important to getting a job in the field, while only two percent cited the importance of classes in finance. Actually knowing how the business runs doesn’t much register with HR. Using HR as talent spotters makes about as much sense as asking the florist for help filling out the roster on your basketball team. The HR industry has noticed that (as CBS News once put it), “Everyone hates HR.” But its inclination is to what all failing industries do: dig in their heels. “The consensus in the industry,” wrote Times of London columnist Sathnam Sanghera, after reviewing some HR publications, “is that the only way to rescue HR is to elevate its importance.” Fortunately, business is moving the other way, to reduce HR departments by outsourcing its paper-pushing functions; PriceWaterhouseCoopers, for instance, estimates it can shave 15 to 25 percent off your HR costs. These humans are simply not resourceful enough. We should be glad HR is going the way of acid-wash jeans.
  9. http://www.citylab.com/commute/2014/07/car-insurance-companies-want-to-track-your-every-moveand-youre-going-to-let-them/374165/ I rather like this idea. Wonder when we could see this here. More details on the link. After analysis of billions of miles in driving data, Progressive has found that key driving behaviors—like actual miles driven, braking, and time of day of driving—carry more than twice the predictive power of traditional insurance rating variables, like a driver’s age, gender and the year, make and model of the insured vehicle.
  10. Wishcumstrue

    The Companies of Smog maker

    The faces of CEO who's coy own plantation in Sumatra Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings, Ltd URL: http://www.aprilasia.com/in Boss: Sukanto Tanoto (陈江和) Indonesian Named richest Indonesian in 2008 by Forbes magazine Total net worth of US$ 2.8 billion (ranked 418th on Forbes 500 list GreenPeace investigation finding: APRIL sells paper in the United States under half a dozen brand names, including the office paper brand Paper One. You could be subsidizing rainforest destruction, for basic printing and photocopying, without even knowing it. http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/en/campaigns...-Limited-APRIL/
  11. Checked w DA and AVA, only comprehensive cover. I heard nowadays 3rd party and comp only less than $100 diff in price? any agents can help pm me
  12. from what i can see from here, http://app.ltgallery.lta.gov.sg/data/0/lta...20Annex%20A.pdf Taxi operators pay the prevailing quota premium (PQP) to replace their taxis within 6 months of de-registration of their taxis. If the taxi is not replaced by paying PQP, the de-registered taxis would be recycled as replacement COEs. so they are not replacing old taxis but ADDING new taxis to the fleet?
  13. Read today papers and it left a bitter after taste in my mouth (not from my Kopi O Kosong). Its so easy to catch 16 agencies but the pump prices (now with masking of discounts, tie up with Credit cards, reward point perks) - with a simple Math calculation, are all the same. Sorry for the Saturday <RANTING>
  14. I feel insurance companies should ban drivers from making any 1st party claims if the accident is caused by excessive speeding. I feel its simply not fair to pass the expenses to us for these people's irresponsible actions. Speeding is something that is totally within the driver's control (no such thing as accidentally speed unless car got problem like Toyota). Thus if the driver lost control of his/her car and wrap tree etc, why should insurance companies pay? I feel speeding is even worse than doing illegal mods to the car. Of course, when I said excessive speeding, it means there is really evidence of excessive speeding. Eg. some cars can bang till engine fly out or overturn several times or go over barriers and land on opposite roads etc.... I don't see how such accidents can happen if you are driving within limits or even slightly above limits (eg. 70 on a 50 road).
  15. Company gives mercs!!! so envy wor... in sg context, no matter how hard u work once a mistake is made dan forever u will be condemned not considering the past contributions...
  16. I have a question. I paid my car last week. The agent said i can get my car this week. My question is how did they manage to do it? I was told by my colleagues that it takes two weeks to get a license number. I wonder if my agent just wants to get my $$$ - that is, her commission.
  17. Hi all bros and sis. I am actually trying to find out why some companies will resort to such acts. The scenario is given below: Auntie A has not been working for quite some years. Her relative asked her to pass her her NRIC card to apply for some "incentives" government is giving to senior citizen. Auntie A started to receive $5+ from company X in CPF monthly contributions and get the checks from CPF for the Workfare something scheme. Auntie A never worked for company X. What benefits does company X have to make Auntie A a bogus employee? - Evade tax? i can't really find this online. please assist.
  18. I do usually read the sgcarmart under used cars to update me with the prices of cars being sold in sg what i notice that mostly the agents/companies will just put the price of the car only so i hope dear agents/companies, if you read this pls put monthly price in your advertisment to avoid customers disappointment my 2 cents tought
  19. Hi all, Singapore being a tiny state but majority of their taxi are high cc, turbo-charged cars. Wonder what is the rationale? For some countries that are many time its size, their taxi are usually the smaller and more fuel economical 1.6L cars. Of course, there are countries that have fleets higher cc taxi but they have much longer distance and wider areas to cover. Perhaps, Singaporean passengers have bigger butts to begin with. So is there a benchmarking sytem or decision making system that dictate whether a taxi should be of certain technical specification? If I can see 1.5L cc taxi plying on our road, I'm quite sure we don't need higher cc taxi that burn more fuel and give them the potential opportunity to rev hard, which many have complained here in the past. What is your take? Thank you very much. Regards,
  20. Why cant one petrol station lower their price so that everyone will patronise them? Like if everyone 1.8 per L. Lower to 1.5? If they do that, i am sure they will earn big bucks.
  21. Sturtles

    Calls from headhunting companies

    Hi Guys, I just got a call from a headhunting company at my office saying so and so MNC is inviting me for an interview due to recommendation from someone within the manufacturing industry. However, the role of the job to put simply, is a sales position, albeit with a wider scope but in a sort of sunset sector of the industry. Not doubting my capabilities, but are there hoaxes or misleading calls going around in the market recently? I've got plenty of recruitment calls from financial consultant firms and the likes, so its definitely not a "green" experience for me.
  22. Darth_mel

    Why people leave their companies

    Forwarded by a friend.... Every company faces the problem of people leaving the company for better pay or profile. WHY? Early this year, Mark, a senior software designer, got an offer from a prestigious international firm to work in its India operations developing specialized software. He was thrilled by the offer. He had heard a lot about the CEO. The salary was great. The company had all the right systems in place employee-friendly human resources (HR) policies, a spanking new office, and the very best technology, even a canteen that served superb food. Twice Mark was sent abroad for training. "My learning curve is the sharpest it's ever been," he said soon after he joined. Last week, less than eight months after he joined, Mark walked out of the job. Why did this talented employee leave? Mark quit for the same reason that drives many good people away. The answer lies in one of the largest studies undertaken by the Gallup Organization. The study surveyed over a million employees and 80,000 managers and was published in a book called " First Break All the Rules". It came up with this surprising finding: If you're losing good people, look to their immediate boss . Immediate boss is the reason people stay and thrive in an organization. And he's the reason why people leave. When people leave they take knowledge, experience and contacts with them, straight to the competition. "People leave managers not companies ," write the authors Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman. Mostly manager drives people away? HR experts say that of all the abuses, employees find humiliation the most intolerable. The first time, an employee may not leave, but a thought has been planted. The second time that thought gets strengthened. The third time, he looks for another job. When people cannot retort openly in anger, they do so by passive aggression. By digging their heels in and slowing down. By doing only what they are told to do and no more. By omitting to give the boss crucial information. Dev says: "If you work for a jerk, you basically want to get him into trouble. You don't have your heart and soul in the job." Different managers can stress out employees in different ways
  23. I received some advertisements from other companies via email address. I like to check is our email address sold to other companies by MCF? If yes, then is this correct? I thought they are supposed to keep this confidential?