Private-hire cars passengers are covered by required insurance

Media Replies 04 Oct 2016

We refer to Mr Benny Tan Cheng Kiat’s letter “Still hazy over insurance for private-hire cars” (Straits Times, 29 Sept).
We wish to clarify that under the Motor Vehicles (Third-Party Risks and Compensation) Act, all motor vehicles, including private-hire cars, are required to be insured against third-party liability risks, which include death and bodily injury to passengers. This means that passengers in a private-hire car that is involved in a motor accident can claim compensation from the owner of the private-hire car or its insurer.
Those convicted of using or permitting a person to use a vehicle in Singapore without the appropriate insurance are liable to a fine not exceeding $1,000, or imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months, or both. The driver will also be disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence for 12 months from the date of conviction.

Leow Yew Chin
Director, Public Transport Promotion & Services
Land Transport Authority

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