Taxi association hands out 2,500 haze readiness kits to cabbies at the airport

National Taxi Association adviser Ang Hin Kee (centre) and his team giving out haze readiness kits to taxi drivers to help them cope with the haze, on Sept 14, 2015.
National Taxi Association adviser Ang Hin Kee (centre) and his team giving out haze readiness kits to taxi drivers to help them cope with the haze, on Sept 14, 2015. ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

SINGAPORE - The National Taxi Association (NTA) is equipping cabbies with haze readiness kits, as the air quality in Singapore continues to linger in the unhealthy range.

Volunteers from the association handed out 2,500 kits, containing N95 and surgical masks and antiseptic wet tissues, to cabbies at Changi Airport's three terminals on Monday (Sept 14) morning.

The cabbies were given the kits as they pulled into the terminals to pick passengers up from the arrival halls.

NTA's executive adviser, Mr Ang Hin Kee, said: "Our taxi drivers come out of their vehicles to help with the luggage that passengers have to put in the boot. At other times, they also have to do their car wash, refuelling and (to take) breaks."

He said that it was important to ensure cabbies are protected from the haze during these periods of exposure.

During the morning's outreach, cabbies were also reminded of extra precautions they should take on the roads, such as switching on headlamps in the day when visibility drops.

While the NTA has been handing out such kits since 2012, they serve as a gentle reminder to cabbies on the precautions they should take while working under hazy conditions, Mr Ang noted.

Cabby John Chua, 54, who has been driving a taxi for 24 years, said: "We have air-conditioning in the car, so it's not so bad. But when we step out, we need the mask. It's good that they supply us with it, so we don't have to pay for it."

As of 2pm on Monday, the 24-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) was between 118 and 144. The unhealthy range is 101-200.