Taxi, private-hire car drivers can continue to deliver food, groceries till end-September

A queue of taxis waiting for passengers at Bukit Merah Central, on April 28, 2020.
A queue of taxis waiting for passengers at Bukit Merah Central, on April 28, 2020. ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

SINGAPORE - Taxi and private-hire car drivers can continue to deliver food and groceries till the end of September, said Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan on Saturday (May 23).

This is because demand for home deliveries is expected to remain high even as circuit breaker measures are gradually eased from next month, he said.

Previously, drivers could only make deliveries till the end of June, under the temporary relaxation of point-to-point regulations announced by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) in March. The regulations put restrictions on drivers using their vehicles to make deliveries.

Mr Khaw said in a Facebook post that during this period, there has been a rise in demand for food and grocery deliveries as Singaporeans stay home and shop online.

With continuing high demand for such services expected, LTA has extended the temporary liberalisation of regulations by another three months, he said.

"This means taxi and private-hire car drivers can continue to supplement their incomes, as well as meet the needs of merchants and residents. It is win-win all round," he added.

Currently, more than 10,000 taxi and private-hire car drivers are taking on deliveries, said Mr Khaw. He added that his ministry is closely monitoring the ground to ensure that passengers' access to taxis and private-hire cars is not affected.

"This is to ensure that those who are returning to work post-circuit breaker, to help reopen the economy, are well served in a timely way."

Said Mr Khaw: "As circumstances change, we must quickly review and when appropriate revise policies and rules, to cope with new situations."