Most Carpooling arrangements will be allowed to resume in Phase 2

Not so good news for private-hire and taxi drivers. Most carpooling arrangements will be allowed to resume from the start of Phase 2.

The resumption of the carpooling service comes shortly after Grab announced a new incentive scheme for its drivers.

The Land Transport Authority of Singapore (LTA) posted on its Facebook on the decision to allow carpooling to resume.

What is allowed from 19 June 2020

  • Riding with relatives, friends and colleagues in the same vehicle will be allowed.
  • Booking of carpooling trips through official ride-hail mobile apps will be allowed. This could spell the return of carpooling services such as GrabHitch and GrabShare Services that are booked through the Grab app.
  • Booking a ride directly with limousine drivers and other licensed PHC drivers.

What is still illegal after 19 June 2020

  • Booking of informal paid carpooling services through platforms like Telegram or other chat groups will remain illegal.

The largest carpooling Telegram Group in Singapore SG Hitch was forced to halt operations after the Transport Ministry of Singapore revoked a law allowing carpooling.

LTA highlighted that informal bookings make contact tracing extremely challenging.

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Will the start of Phase 2 be better?

Most drivers wonder if the start of phase 2, where more people and business can operate, will translate to higher rider demand and better income.

Driver’s earnings have taken a big hit since the early part of the year and not all drivers had qualified for the $9,000 Self-employed person Income Relief Scheme (SIRS).

We can just pray for better times ahead.