On 16 December 2020, the Government set aside an additional $133 million (on top of the amounts committed towards the Special Relief Fund and Extended Special Relief Fund, collectively known as SRF) between January and March 2021. The COVID-19 Driver Relief Fund (CDRF) was created to provide sector-specific support for taxi and chauffeured PHC drivers affected by the COVID-19 situation. The CDRF replaced the SRF and the Self-employed Person Income Relief Scheme for taxi and PHC drivers in January 2021.
With the beginning of Singapore’s Phase 2 (Heightened Alert), ridership was impacted due to tighter safe management measures. On 21 May 2021, LTA announced that the Government will set aside an additional $27 million to provide a one-time top-up of an additional $10 per vehicle per day for the CDRF. This top-up will be for all eligible taxi and PHC drivers for the period of 16 May 2021 to end-June 2021 under the CDRF top-up (CDRF+).
On 10 June 2021, the Government committed to set aside an additional $40 million to extend the CDRF from July 2021 for 3 months to support taxi and PHC drivers. Under the extended CDRF (CDRF2), drivers will receive Government support of $10 a day for 60 days (i.e. $300 per vehicle per month, for 2 months) and $5 a day for the next 30 days (i.e. $150 per vehicle per month, for 1 month).
With Singapore re-entering Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) period from 22 July 2021 to 18 August 2021, the Government announced an enhancement to CDRF2. Under this latest enhancement, eligible drivers will receive an additional $10 per vehicle per day from 22 July 2021 to 31 August 2021, and an additional $5 per vehicle per day in September 2021.
On 24 September 2021, the Government set aside another $23.5 million to further extend the CDRF (i.e. CDRF3) by two months. Under CDRF3, eligible drivers will receive Government support of $10 per vehicle per day for 31 days from October 2021 and $5 per vehicle per day for the next 30 days.