Coronavirus: Cabbies, private-hire drivers report steep drop in earnings last week

Industry players said there is an oversupply of vehicles, resulting in drivers finding it harder to maintain earnings.
Industry players said there is an oversupply of vehicles, resulting in drivers finding it harder to maintain earnings.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

SINGAPORE - The coronavirus outbreak is beginning to affect the taxi and private-hire industry, which is already facing tough times because of a worsening oversupply situation.

Mr Ang Hin Kee, adviser to both the National Taxi Association and National Private Hire Vehicles Association, said cabbies had reported a drop in earnings of more than 25 per cent in the past one week alone, while private-hire drivers had seen a drop of more than 30 per cent.

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