Additional Petrol Duty Rebate (APDR)

At Budget 2021, the Government announced that $113 million will be set aside to provide rebates for petrol and petrol-hybrid vehicles to ease the transition towards higher petrol duties. To provide further support to those who rely on their vehicles for their livelihoods, the Government will provide an additional Petrol Duty Rebate (APDR) for active drivers of petrol and petrol-hybrid taxis and Private Hire Cars (PHCs), on top of their 15% road tax rebate. The APDR will last for 4 months, from May 2021 to August 2021 (both months inclusive).

 

Private Hire Car (PHC) Drivers

  • Eligible PHC Drivers
  • Facilitating PHC Operators2 will notify these drivers of their eligibility by 14 May 2021.
  • Each Eligible PHC Driver will receive no more than $360 for the entirety of the APDR period (or $90 per month) from the Government
  • Eligible PHC Drivers will have to continue maintaining an active driver account with their Facilitating PHC Operator and possess a valid Taxi Driver’s Vocational Licence (TDVL) or Private Hire Car Driver’s Vocational Licence (PDVL) to receive the APDR payment. Eligible PHC Drivers whose TDVL or PDVL has been suspended or terminated will not receive the APDR payment from the immediate following month from the date of their suspension or termination.
  • Eligible PHC Drivers whose driver account with the Facilitating PHC Operator has been terminated will need to re-nominate another Facilitating PHC Operator with whom they have an active driver account in order to continue receiving the ADPR payment.
  • To receive the APDR payment for a relevant month during the Disbursement Period3, Eligible PHC Drivers must complete at least one trip with their Facilitating PHC Operator in the preceding month.
  • Eligible PHC Drivers who are already receiving the CDRF do not need to re-nominate a Facilitating PHC Operator as their APDR payment will be disbursed through their last CDRF-nominated Facilitating PHC Operator. Eligible PHC Drivers who have entered the industry in 2021 shall only nominate ONE Facilitating PHC operator to disburse the APDR payment.

Taxi Drivers

  • Eligible Taxi Drivers (Main Taxi Hirers)
    • All existing active main taxi hirers using a petrol or petrol-hybrid taxi who have qualified for the COVID-19 Driver Relief Fund (CDRF).
    • To be an Eligible Taxi Driver, the main taxi hirers who fulfil the above will need to meet the full eligibility criteria stated in Clause 2.3 of the APDR Terms and Conditions located in the tab below.
  • Eligible Relief Taxi Drivers
    • Active relief taxi drivers using a petrol or petrol-hybrid taxi who have completed an average of 200 trips per month during the Qualifying Period1 from 1 January 2021 to 30 April 2021 (inclusive).
    • To be an Eligible Relief Taxi Driver, the relief taxi drivers who fulfil the above will need to meet the full eligibility criteria stated in Clause 2.5 of the APDR Terms and Conditions located in the tab below.
  • Taxi Operators4 will notify Eligible Relief Taxi Drivers of their eligibility by 14 May 2021.
  • Eligible Taxi Drivers will receive the APDR through rental or cash rebates, and Eligible Relief Taxi Drivers will receive the APDR as cash rebates.
  • Each Eligible Taxi Driver or Eligible Relief Taxi Driver will receive no more than $360 for the entirety of the APDR period from the Government.
  • Eligible Relief Taxi Drivers will have to continue to possess a valid Taxi Driver’s Vocational Licence (TDVL) to receive the APDR payment. Eligible Relief Taxi Drivers whose TDVL has been suspended or terminated will not receive the APDR payment from the immediate following month from the date of their suspension or termination.
  • To receive the APDR payment for a relevant month during the Disbursement Period3, Eligible Relief Taxi Drivers must complete at least one trip with their Taxi Operator in the preceding month.

[1] “Qualifying Period” refers to 1 January to 31 January 2021, 1 February to 28 February 2021, 1 March to 31 March 2021, and 1 April to 30 April 2021. In the case of existing drivers who have qualified for the CDRF, “Qualifying Period” refers to the period which was used for the assessment of the drivers’ CDRF eligibility.

[2] “Facilitating PHC Operators” refers to Comfort, Go-Jek, Grab, Ryde, and TADA.

[3] “Disbursement period” refers to May 2021 to August 2021 (both months inclusive).

[4] “Taxi Operators” refers to CityCab, Comfort, Premier, Prime, SMRT, and Trans-Cab.

Terms and Conditions Governing the Disbursement of the Government’s Additional Petrol Duty Rebate (APDR)

By completing and submitting the ‘Additional Petrol Duty Rebate – Operator Nomination’ Form to LTA through http://go.gov.sg/apdr-opnom, you shall be deemed to have accepted the terms and conditions set out herein.

1.       APDR Disbursement Period

1.1   The APDR in respect of PHC drivers shall be disbursed from May 2021 to August 2021 (both months inclusive) (“APDR Period”) by the ride-hail service operators known as Comfort, Go-Jek, Grab, Ryde, and TADA (“Facilitating PHC Operators”) to chauffeured private hire car drivers (“PHC Drivers”) who meet the eligibility criteria specified in Clause 2.6 or 2.7 (as applicable) (“Eligible PHC Drivers”).

1.2   The APDR in respect of taxi drivers shall be disbursed from May 2021 to August 2021 (both months inclusive) (“APDR Period”) by taxi service operators (“Taxi Operators”) to main taxi hirers who meet the eligibility criteria specified in Clause 2.3 (“Eligible Taxi Drivers”) and relief taxi drivers who meet the eligibility criteria specified in Clause 2.5 (“Eligible Relief Taxi Drivers”).

1.3   For the purpose of these terms and conditions, references to “Eligible Drivers” shall refer to Eligible Taxi Drivers, Eligible Relief Taxi Drivers, and Eligible PHC Drivers collectively.

1.4   Each Eligible Driver may only receive a maximum of up to $360 for the entire APDR period.

1.5   The APDR will be paid to Eligible Drivers by their Taxi Operator or nominated Facilitating PHC Operator (as the case may be). The Eligible Drivers and their Taxi Operator or Facilitating PHC Operator (as the case may be) shall mutually agree on the manner the APDR is to be paid.

(a)    The APDR quantum shall be $90 per month for Eligible PHC Drivers; and Eligible Taxi Drivers and Eligible Relief Taxi Drivers driving with CityCab and Comfort.

(b)    The APDR quantum shall be S$3 per day for Eligible Taxi Drivers and Eligible Relief Taxi Drivers driving with Premier, Prime, SMRT, and Trans-Cab.

1.6   Under no circumstance shall LTA be responsible or liable for any loss sustained, incurred, paid by or suffered by the Eligible Drivers arising out of or in connection with any delay or failure (whether intentional or negligent) on the part of a relevant Taxi Operator or nominated Facilitating PHC Operator in paying the APDR (or any part thereof) to the Eligible Drivers.

2.         Eligibility Criteria

2.1   For the avoidance of doubt, LTA’s acceptance of a Taxi Driver or PHC Driver’s submission of the ‘Additional Petrol Duty Rebate – Operator Nomination’ Form shall not constitute a representation by LTA that the Taxi Driver or PHC Driver meets the relevant eligibility criteria set out in this Clause 2.

Eligible Taxi Drivers (Main Taxi Hirers)

2.2   A Taxi Driver must fulfil the eligibility criteria in Clause 2.3 to be eligible to receive the APDR in respect of any particular day or month (as applicable).

2.3   The eligibility criteria are as follows:

(a)  The Taxi Driver has entered into an agreement with a Taxi Operator to hire a taxi to be used for the provision of street-hail and on-demand passenger transport services in that taxi; and

(b)  The Taxi Driver provides street-hail service and/or ride-hail service using a petrol or petrol-hybrid taxi.

Eligible Relief Taxi Drivers

2.4   A Relief Taxi Driver must fulfil the eligibility criteria in Clause 2.5 to be eligible to receive the APDR in respect of any particular month.

2.5   The eligibility criteria are as follows:

(a)   The Relief Taxi Driver has entered into:

                               i.      a sub-hiring agreement or similar agreement with a Taxi Driver to drive that Taxi Driver’s taxi; or

                               ii.      a hiring agreement on a part-time or ad-hoc basis with the Taxi Operator; and

(b)  The Relief Taxi Driver provides street-hail service and/or ride-hail service using a petrol or petrol-hybrid taxi;

(c)   The Relief Taxi Driver has completed at least one (1) trip with the Taxi Operator in the month preceding the relevant month for which the APDR is being disbursed; and

(d)  The Relief Taxi Driver has provided an average of at least two hundred (200) on-demand passenger transport services per calendar month between January 2021 and April 2021 (both months inclusive). For the purpose of calculating the average trips completed per calendar month under this sub-clause 2.5(d), the individual must have commenced the trips on or after the first calendar day of the calendar month.

Eligible PHC Drivers

2.6   A PHC Driver must fulfil the following criteria to be eligible to receive the APDR in respect of any particular month:

(a)  The PHC Driver has held a valid vocational licence as at 30 April 2021 and continues to hold a valid vocational licence for the entire APDR Period;

(b)  The PHC Driver has completed at least one (1) trip with the Facilitating PHC Operator in the month preceding the relevant month for which the APDR is being disbursed;

(c)  The PHC Driver provides ride-hail service with the Facilitating PHC Operator using a petrol or petrol-hybrid PHC; and

(d)  The PHC Driver has provided an average of at least two hundred (200) on-demand passenger transport services per calendar month between January 2021 and April 2021 (both months inclusive). For the purpose of calculating the average trips completed per calendar month under this sub-clause 2.6(d), the individual must have commenced the trips on or after the first calendar day of the calendar month.

2.7   Notwithstanding Clause 2.6, a PHC Driver who has previously received any sums under the COVID-19 Driver Relief Fund (“CDRF”) shall be eligible to receive the APDR in respect of any month in the APDR Period, even if the PHC Driver does not fulfil Clause 2.6(d).

2.8     A PHC Driver who has become an Eligible PHC Driver on or from 1 January 2021 must nominate one (1) of the Facilitating PHC Operators, with whom the Eligible PHC Driver holds and maintains an active driver account, from which the APDR is to be received. LTA shall not be obliged to confirm the nomination with the Eligible PHC Driver and shall not be held liable in respect of any loss that may be suffered by the Eligible PHC Driver in connection with LTA acting in accordance with the nomination.

2.9     A PHC Driver who is already eligible for the CDRF need not submit any nomination in accordance with Clause 2.8. Instead, that Eligible PHC Driver will be deemed to have nominated the same Facilitating PHC Operator which assisted in the administration of his or her CDRF.

2.10 The nomination under Clause 2.8 shall apply for the entire APDR Period and cannot be changed, unless:

(a)  The Eligible PHC Driver makes a request in writing to LTA;

(b)  The Eligible PHC Driver meets the criteria set out in Clauses 2.6 or 2.7, and the alternative Facilitating PHC Operator that the Eligible PHC Driver seeks to nominate shall be one with whom the Eligible PHC Driver holds and maintains an active driver account; and

(c)  LTA consents in writing to such change in nomination. Any consent given by LTA may be subject to such terms and conditions, which LTA may in its sole and absolute discretion, impose.

3.       General

3.1   Notwithstanding Clause 2, LTA shall have sole and absolute discretion to determine whether any driver is an Eligible Driver and whether or not the APDR should be disbursed to such driver.

3.2   LTA’s decisions on all matters, including the determination referred to in Clause 3.1 above, shall be final and binding, and LTA shall not be obliged to provide any reasons for its decision. LTA and the relevant Taxi Operator or Facilitating PHC Operator (as the case may be) shall not be obliged to correspond with any individual or any other party on any matter in relation to the APDR.

3.3   Subject to Clauses 3.1 and 3.2 above, an individual who has been determined not to be an Eligible Driver may submit an appeal to LTA, for further consideration of that individual’s eligibility. For the avoidance of doubt, Clauses 3.1 and 3.2 above shall apply to such an appeal.

3.4   The Eligible Driver acknowledges that if it is found that the Eligible Driver has breached any of these terms and conditions, or if LTA in its sole and absolute discretion determines that the Eligible Driver is not in fact eligible to receive the applicable APDR, the relevant Taxi Operator or Facilitating PHC Operator (as the case may be) may require the return of any disbursements made. Any APDR not so returned may be recovered as a debt.

3.5   The Eligible Driver undertakes to indemnify and hold LTA harmless from any loss, liability, claim, or demand (including legal fees on a solicitor and client basis), made by any third party under any cause of action whatsoever due to or arising out of or in connection with the APDR and any breach of these terms and conditions.

3.6   These terms and conditions are governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the Republic of Singapore and the Eligible Driver irrevocably agrees to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Singapore courts.

3.7   LTA’s rights and remedies under these terms and conditions are cumulative and are in addition to and without prejudice to any rights or remedies that LTA may have at law or in equity. Further, no exercise by LTA of any right or remedy under these terms and conditions shall operate to hinder or prevent the exercise by LTA of any other right or remedy under these terms and conditions, or any other right or remedy available to LTA at law or in equity.

4.       Personal Data

4.1   The information provided in the completed ‘Additional Petrol Duty Rebate – Operator Nomination’ Form submitted over http://go.gov.sg/apdr-opnom (or http://go.gov.sg/apdr-latenom), will remain confidential and be used by LTA and the relevant Taxi Operator or Facilitating PHC Operator solely for the purposes of evaluating the Eligible Driver’s application and verifying the Eligible Driver’s eligibility for the applicable APDR. However, LTA may disclose the information (including personal data) contained in the completed application form submitted over http://go.gov.sg/apdr-opnom (or http://go.gov.sg/apdr-latenom), if the disclosure is required and/or permitted by law.

5.       Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act

5.1   A person who is not a Party to the agreement arising from the acceptance of these terms and conditions shall have no right under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act (Cap. 53B) to enforce any of its terms.

6.       Amendments to these Terms and Conditions

6.1   LTA reserves the sole and absolute discretion to amend and update these terms and conditions at any time without notice to Eligible Drivers. It is the Eligible Drivers’ responsibility to check http://go.gov.sg/apdr-info for any amendments or updates.

6.2   The Eligible Driver acknowledges and agrees that it is his or her personal responsibility to review these terms and conditions periodically and to keep himself or herself updated of any amendments thereto.

6.3   The Eligible Driver shall be deemed to accept any amendments of these terms and conditions by LTA, whether or not the Eligible Drivers are notified of such amendments, by virtue of their continued receipt of the APDR from the relevant Taxi Operator or Facilitating PHC Operator.

7.       Enquiries

7.1     The Eligible Driver agrees to provide his or her feedback to, and work with, his or her respective Taxi Operator or Facilitating PHC Operator (as the case may be) with regard to any issues in relation to payments of the APDR.

1.       What is the APDR?

The APDR is a rebate provided by the Government for active taxi and private hire car (PHC) drivers who rely on petrol and petrol-hybrid vehicles for their livelihoods, to help offset the petrol duty increase.

2.       What is the duration of the APDR?

The APDR will last for four (4) months from May 2021 to August 2021.

3.       Will I stop receiving the COVID-19 Driver Relief Fund (CDRF) payouts once the APDR starts?

The APDR is separate from the CDRF.

4.       What is the amount for the APDR? How will I receive the APDR?

Eligible drivers may receive a total of up to $360 for the entire APDR period from May 2021 to August 2021. Please refer to the table below for more details.

Operator

Driver Type

Amount

Disbursement Method

All Private Hire Car (PHC) Operators

PHC Driver

$90/month

Disbursed monthly as cash payment

CityCab, Comfort

Main Taxi Hirer

$90/month

Disbursed monthly as cash payment

Relief Taxi Driver

$90/month

Disbursed monthly as cash payment

Premier, Prime, SMRT, Trans-Cab

Main Taxi Hirer

$3/day

Disbursed as daily rental reduction

Relief Taxi Driver

$3/day

Disbursed monthly as cash payment

 

5.       How do taxi and private hire car (PHC) drivers qualify for the APDR?

All existing COVID-19 Driver Relief Fund (CDRF) recipients who are driving petrol or petrol-hybrid taxis/cars will automatically qualify for the APDR. LTA will also automatically include new PHC drivers (see Question 12) who joined the sector in 2021 as well as relief taxi drivers (see Question 9), if they meet LTA’s eligibility criteria.

6.       Are there any other avenues of aid if taxi and private hire car (PHC) drivers do not qualify for the APDR?

Taxi and PHC drivers who do not qualify for the APDR can approach The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF)’s Social Service Offices to enquire about any other forms of aid that may be available.

Taxi Drivers
7.       How will taxi drivers know if they qualify for the APDR?

All existing main hirers who drive petrol or petrol-hybrid taxis are eligible to receive the APDR through their taxi companies.

8.       How will a relief taxi driver benefit from the APDR?

Relief taxi drivers will be eligible to receive the APDR if they meet LTA’s eligibility criteria (see Question 9).

9.       I was formerly a private hire car (PHC) driver who had switched over to driving a taxi. Am I eligible for the APDR?

To be eligible for the APDR:

Taxi Drivers (Main Taxi Hirers)

a)       You must be the main hirer of a petrol/petrol-hybrid taxi; and

b)      Continue driving the taxi during the period of assistance i.e. May – August 2021.

OR

Relief Taxi Drivers

a)       You must have entered into either (i) a sub-hiring agreement or similar agreement with a Taxi Driver to drive that Taxi Driver’s petrol/petrol-hybrid Taxi or (ii) a hiring agreement on a part-time or ad-hoc basis with the Taxi Operator driving a petrol/petrol-hybrid taxi;

b)      Completed at least one (1) trip with the Taxi Operator in the month preceding the relevant month for which the APDR is being disbursed; and

c)       Provided an average of at least 200 on-demand passenger transport services per calendar month between January 2021 and April 2021 (inclusive).

10.   How will yellow top taxi drivers receive the APDR payout?

Similar to the COVID-19 Driver Relief Fund (CDRF) disbursement, LTA will contact yellow top owners directly on the APDR disbursement process.

11.     Relief taxi drivers will receive another share of the APDR, on top of the APDR provided to taxi main hirers. Will the Government consider a similar arrangement for the COVID-19 Driver Relief Fund (CDRF), by providing another share of the CDRF payouts to relief taxi drivers?

We do not intend to provide another share of the CDRF payouts to active relief taxi drivers. The CDRF and APDR are different schemes that serve different objectives. The CDRF was intended to cover drivers for their rental costs, which is fixed and paid by the main hirer regardless of relief driving arrangements. The APDR is intended to cover the increased petrol cost incurred by drivers, which is variable and dependent on the mileage clocked by the driver, and independent of whether they are main hirers or relief drivers.

PHC Drivers
12.   How do new private hire car (PHC) drivers qualify for the APDR?

New PHC drivers who joined the sector in 2021 must fulfil the following criteria to be eligible for the  APDR:

a)    Possess a valid Taxi Driver’s Vocational Licence or Private Hire Car Driver’s Vocational Licence for the entire APDR period;

b)    Completed at least one (1) trip with the PHC Operator in the month preceding the relevant month for which the APDR is being disbursed; and

c)     Provided an average of at least 200 on-demand passenger transport services per calendar month between January 2021 and April 2021 (inclusive).

13.   Will drivers who are on multiple platforms be able to receive more APDR payouts?

Driving for multiple platforms will not increase the APDR payouts provided. Private hire car (PHC) drivers who enter the industry in 2021 will be required to nominate their preferred Facilitating PHC Operator to disburse their APDR. PHC Drivers who are currently receiving the COVID-19 Driver Relief Fund (CDRF) will not need to re-nominate a Facilitating PHC Operator as their APDR payment will be disbursed through their last-nominated CDRF Facilitating PHC Operator.

14.   Will private hire car (PHC) drivers be able to change their operator nomination for the APDR?

Eligible PHC drivers who are currently receiving the COVID-19 Driver Relief Fund (CDRF) will continue to receive their APDR through their last-nominated CDRF Facilitating PHC Operator.

Eligible PHC drivers who enter the industry in 2021 will be required to make a fresh nomination for their preferred Facilitating PHC Operator through which to receive the APDR.

If drivers need to change their nomination, they may write in to LTA_P2P_Appeals@lta.gov.sg. Do note that a change in nomination may result in delayed payout of the APDR.

15.   I do not meet the criteria for the APDR as I provide limousine services. Can these trips be counted?

Limousine drivers who drive a petrol or petrol-hybrid private hire car (PHC) and who fulfil the eligibility criteria for PHC drivers will receive the APDR. Limousine drivers who do not qualify for the APDR can approach the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF)’s Social Service Offices to enquire about any other forms of aid that may be available.

16.   I was formerly a taxi driver who had switched over to driving a private hire car (PHC). Am I eligible for the APDR?

You may enquire with LTA on your eligibility status by writing to LTA_P2P_Appeals@lta.gov.sg. PHC drivers who do not qualify for the APDR can approach The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF)’s Social Service Offices to enquire about any other forms of aid that may be available.

17.     I am a part-time private hire car (PHC) driver. Why am I ineligible for the APDR even though I am also incurring higher petrol costs?

The APDR is provided to active drivers of petrol and petrol-hybrid taxis and PHCs, in view of their higher mileage as a result of providing transport services to the public. The APDR will help to defray their business costs and sustain their livelihoods.

 

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