The COVID-19 situation has impacted the land transport industry. To mitigate the challenges caused by COVID-19, LTA has rolled out several assistance and precautionary measures to support the land transport industry.
LTA's Measures for COVID-19
Point-to-Point Transport Industry
In February 2020, the Point-to-Point Support Package (PPSP) was introduced to provide targeted assistance to the Point-to-Point (P2P) sector and its drivers to help them through COVID-19.
In view of the continued COVID-19 situation, the Government announced a second tranche of assistance measures under the Point-to-Point-Support Package (PPSP2).
Point-to-Point Support Package 2 (PPSP2)
Additional $120 million to help Taxi and Private Hire Car Drivers affected by COVID-19.
The second tranche of the Point-to-Point Support Package (PPSP2) will comprise:
- Extension of Special Relief Fund (SRF) for Taxi and PHC drivers: Active taxi and PHC drivers will continue to receive SRF until end-September 2020.
- New Self-Employed Persons Income Relief Scheme (SIRS): SIRS will provide eligible self-employed persons with $1,000 per month for nine months and will be administered by the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC).
- Relief for P2P Operators: LTA will extend the P2P operator licence fee waiver for another six months. The Government will also provide up to $2,200 in special relief for each unhired taxi.
- Waiver of $100 Outward Conversion Fee for PHCs: The Government will provide a one-time waiver of the $100 outward conversion fee to ease drivers’ transitions to other jobs.
For more information on FAQs relating to enhanced safe distancing measures for P2P drivers, please refer to the list of FAQs.
Point-to-Point Support Package (PPSP)
A $77 million Point-to-Point Support Package was made available for Taxis and Private Hire Car Drivers affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Advisory for Point-to-Point Industry
In response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) situation, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has been working with the Ministry of Health (MOH), Point-to-Point (P2P) operators, the National Taxi Association (NTA) and the National Private Hire Vehicles Association (NPHVA) on precautionary measures for the P2P sector. These measures serve to safeguard the health of taxi and private hire car (PHC) drivers and their passengers. Click here for more details.
Click here for the advisory to the Point-to-Point Transport Industry.
Tripartite Care Package for Quarantined Taxi and PHC
The National Private Hire Vehicles Association (NPHVA) and the National Taxi Association (NTA), which represents private hire drivers and taxi drivers, have worked together with the Land Transport Authority (LTA), taxi operators and private-hire car operators to put together a tripartite care package to support quarantined drivers. Click here for the Tripartite Care Package.
Advisory on Car-pooling during Circuit Breaker Period
In consultation with the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Land Transport Authority seeks to inform that car-pooling services1, including GrabHitch and RydePool, are not “essential services”.
Drivers operating such services must comply strictly with the circuit breaker measures enacted under Parts 2 and 3 of the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations and stop providing car-pool services. This includes non-commercial car-pool arrangements between people who do not live in the same residence.
 Car-pooling services include drivers who use private cars and charge for ferrying passengers, whether from one or multiple pick up locations
Public Transport Commuters
SafeEntry for Street-Hail Taxis Passengers
The Government has developed SafeEntry, a digital tool for contact tracing. SafeEntry will be progressively rolled out to taxis from 12 May 2020 to better support contact tracing efforts for street-hail trips. Commuters should scan the SafeEntry QR codes deployed in taxis when taking street-hail trips.
Play your part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 with the TraceTogether App.
Advisory for Public Transport Commuters
All commuters must wear masks when travelling on trains, buses, in a taxi, or private hire car.
All trains and train stations, as well as buses, bus interchanges and bus stops have been marked with safe distancing stickers. Commuters should adhere to the spaces that are demarcated to maintain a safe distance from other commuters.
Transport Ambassadors will support the implementation of safe distancing measures in the public transport network.
Thermal scanners will also be deployed at selected stations to provide an additional layer of screening before commuters enter the public transport network. Those who have a fever will not be allowed to enter and will be advised to seek medical attention.
Changes to Public Bus and Train Operating Hours and Frequency
All MRT and LRT lines will operate as per their pre-circuit breaker operating hours from 2 June 2020.
We'll be making some changes to our bus services from 2 June 2020. Details can be found in the image below.
For more information, please refer to MyTransport.SG app.
Private Bus Operators
Multiagency Effort to Support Private Bus Industry Impacted by COVID-19
The Private Bus Support Package will include:
- Road Tax Rebate: All existing private bus owners will receive a one-year road tax rebate.
- Class 2 Bus Service Licence Fee Refund/Waiver: LTA will refund up to $750 per licence for existing Class 2 Bus Service Licence holders. New licence holders from 1 April 2020 will have their licence fees waived until the end of the year.
- Season Parking Fee Waiver: Current private bus and coach season parking pass holders will receive a 6-month waiver of season parking fees from 1 May to 31 Oct 2020 at all HDB, URA, JTC, MOE and SportSG car parks.
- Enhanced Absentee Payroll and Course Fee Support for training and reskilling: Private bus companies who send their staff for selected courses from 1 Apr to 31 Dec 2020 will receive enhanced Absentee Payroll at 90 per cent of hourly basic salary, and enhanced course fee support at up to 90 per cent of course fees.
For more information, please refer to the news release.
Counter services at LTA’s Customer Service Centre and e-Lobbies at Sin Ming Drive will remain closed. Continue to access vehicle-related digital services via the OneMotoring website (www.onemotoring.com.sg).
To support vehicle owners, we will continue to make adjustments to the periodic vehicle inspection deadline for private cars, seal inspection for Off-Peak Cars (OPCs), disposal/export of deregistered vehicles as well as the registration of replacement vehicle under the Early Turnover Scheme (ETS).
Please refer to the news release.
Suspension of COE Bidding
COE bidding will only resume after motor dealerships and showrooms are allowed to reopen. LTA is monitoring the situation closely and will update on subsequent bidding exercises in due course.
Please refer to the news release.
Resumption of ERP Rate Reviews from 2 June & No ERP charges till 28 June
The ERP review process will resume from 2 June 2020. LTA will monitor traffic speeds and congestion levels, to identify locations with congestion and determine if ERP charges are required. For a start, the frequency of ERP rate reviews will be shortened from every quarter to once every four weeks.
The outcome of the first ERP rate review post-Circuit Breaker will be announced in the fourth week of June 2020, and the appropriate ERP rates, if any, will take effect from 29 June 2020. Until then, there will continue to be no ERP charges at all gantries.
Please refer to the news release.
Advisory on Safe Management Measures for Workers on Employer-provided Transportation
Employers, transport providers and drivers are required to adopt safe management measures for employer-provided transportation. Employers must also arrange private transportation for workers staying in dormitories to commute to and from their workplaces, and with no other passengers. Please refer to the MOM-LTA advisory here for more information.
LTA has also issued advisory to Contractors on precautions for managing COVID-19.
Click here for the advisory to Contractors.
Ensuring Adherence to Safe Distancing Measures Amongst Food Delivery Personnel
With the increasing demand for food delivery services during the Circuit Breaker period (7 April to 4 May), Enterprise Singapore (ESG), the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and Singapore Food Agency (SFA) are working with food delivery companies to step up efforts to ensure delivery personnel adhere to the elevated safe distancing measures. This is to safeguard the health of delivery personnel, staff of Food & Beverage (F&B) establishments, customers and others who they may interact with during their work.
For a start, Deliveroo, foodpanda and GrabFood will put in place more measures, and work with their delivery personnel to ensure that safe distancing measures are observed.
The three companies will suspend errant delivery personnel, who have been caught and fined for not meeting the COVID regulations in the course of their work, from participating in delivery jobs across all three platforms for 12 months. This will be in addition to existing penalties on safe distancing regulations meted out by the government.
For more information, please refer to the joint news release.
There have been posts on social media claiming that Woodlands MRT was closed for disinfection on Tuesday, 28 Jan 2020 due to a suspected case of the Wuhan coronavirus infection. The posts urged members of the public not to go to Woodlands MRT. This is not true. Woodlands MRT is not closed. We advise members of the public to not speculate and/or spread unfounded rumours.
For More Information
Please visit www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19 for updates on the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) situation.