Many report steep drop in their earnings

Taxis at Changi Airport Terminal 3 last Thursday. Cab drivers have reported a drop in earnings of more than 25 per cent in the past one week alone. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR
Taxis at Changi Airport Terminal 3 last Thursday. Cab drivers have reported a drop in earnings of more than 25 per cent in the past one week alone. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

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 have reported a drop in earnings of more than 25 per cent in the past one week alone, while private-hire drivers have seen a drop of over 30 per cent.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 10, 2020, with the headline 'Many report steep drop in their earnings'. Print Edition | Subscribe