Licensing Grab, Uber may curb car population

Review of private-hire car sector should factor impact of fleet size on congestion, says expert

Second Minister for Transport Ng Chee Meng raised the prospect of a licensing scheme for private-hire car firms in Parliament last Wednesday during the Budget debate when he said the Government was reviewing regulations on the private-hire car sector
Second Minister for Transport Ng Chee Meng raised the prospect of a licensing scheme for private-hire car firms in Parliament last Wednesday during the Budget debate when he said the Government was reviewing regulations on the private-hire car sector. PHOTOS: EPA-EFE, BLOOMBERG
The rental car population more than doubled from 29,369 in 2015 to 68,083 last year. The growth has largely been driven by chauffeured private-hire cars, which number about 47,000 now.
The rental car population more than doubled from 29,369 in 2015 to 68,083 last year. The growth has largely been driven by chauffeured private-hire cars, which number about 47,000 now.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Private-hire car companies Grab and Uber may be required to pay for a licence to operate in Singapore to control the population of such cars, say observers, similar to the arrangement in London.

In the British capital, the transport authority announced last year that firms with fleets of more than 10,000 would have to pay £2.9 million ($5.3 million) for a five-year licence to operate there.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 13, 2018, with the headline 'Licensing Grab, Uber may curb car population'. Subscribe