Taxi and private-hire drivers can continue to do delivery jobs for another 3 months until the end of September 2020.
The temporary liberation of regulations to allow taxi and private-hire drivers to do delivery was slated to finish by the end of June 2020.
Announcing the extension through his Facebook, Minister of Transport Khaw Boon Wan explained the rationale for the extension.
He explained that as the circuit breaker is gradually eased from June, he expects the demand for home deliveries to remain high. He sensed that it has become a new norm for many, including his own family.
For Drivers and Businesses
Minister Khaw also said the extension will help supplement the income of these drivers as well as meet the needs of merchants and residents.
It is a win-win all around.
Currently, more than 10,000 private-hire and taxi drivers are tapping on the new regulations to carry out delivery services. GrabFood and GrabExpress are one of the most popular delivery services that many drivers have signed up.
Minister Khaw also mentioned that they will closely monitor the ground to ensure that consumers of traditional taxi/PHC services, i.e. for commuting, are not marginalised.
This is to ensure that those who are returning to work post-circuit breaker, to help re-open the economy, are well served in a timely way.
SIRS Scheme for Private-Hire
Private-hire and taxi drivers who are self-employed can also tap on the Self-Employed Income Relief Scheme (SIRS). Those who are eligible can receive up to $9,000 from the government.
Learn how to apply for SIRS.
If you have not applied, you can do so now as the first batch of payment those eligible is already scheduled to be paid out by 27 May 2020.
If you are using your own car for private-hire, it may be time for you to rethink if you still want to carry on. Get a quote for our normal private-car insurance and see how much you can save compared to your Z10 Commercial Insurance.