Timothy’s typical day (or night, really) starts during the evening peak period, spending a few brief moments with his wife and daughter before he sets off. Making random journeys, however, isn’t his strategy. Starting in the west side of Singapore where he stays, he is always on the lookout for a booking to Changi Airport, bringing him to the opposite end.
But unlike the legends of taxi drivers who talk non-stop, Timothy is on the other end of the spectrum, lending a listening ear to those who board his cab. “You get to meet a lot of people and they share their life and work, so it’s kind of interesting,” he said.
80% of taxi drivers in Singapore are at the age of 50 and above, putting Timothy in a relatively young group cabbies here. That youthful disposition is relatable to most of his young passengers, with some becoming regular customers. With them, Timothy is just a call away, picking them up and even knowing where they’re headed before they’ve even told him.