Land Transport Measures During Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) Period

News Releases 16 May 2021 Point-to-Point Transport Sector P2P sector Coronavirus Disease 19 (COVID-19) carpooling taxi services private hire cars (PHCs)

The Land Transport Authority is implementing the following measures during the Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) period from 16 May 2021 to 13 June 2021, to minimise interaction and the risk of COVID-19 transmission across different households when commuting.

Passenger Limits for Taxis and PHCs

2        The updated restrictions on group sizes will apply to taxis and private hire cars (PHCs) to ensure that they do not carry more than two passengers unless they are from the same household. This means that passengers from different households are required to keep to the two-passenger limit when travelling in taxis and PHCs.
However, more than two passengers can travel together in a taxi or PHC if they all live in the same household. For example, a parent can travel with his/her two children if they live together.

3        We would like to remind passengers that it is mandatory for driver and passengers to wear masks at all times. Taxi and PHC drivers should decline to fetch passengers who do not wear masks.

Cessation of Commercial Car-pooling Services

4        From 16 May to 13 June 2021, LTA will disallow all forms of commercial car-pooling services such as GrabHitch and RydePool, which involve drivers receiving payment for ferrying passengers while en-route to their destination. Licensed car-pooling operators have accordingly suspended these services from their platforms. Non-commercial car-pooling trips are only permitted among friends or colleagues if the prevailing permissible group size of two people is adhered to. For example, if a group of colleagues is travelling together, they must split into groups of not more than two.

5        We strongly encourage commuters to use public transport, taxis and PHCs booked through their respective ride-hail applications. Members of the public who come across individuals providing illegal car-pooling services should notify LTA through the OneMotoring portal using the e-service, “Report Vehicle-Related Offences”.

Safe Management Measures on Public Transport

6        Whether on trains, buses, taxis or PHCs, all commuters are reminded to keep their masks on at all times. When travelling on public transport, commuters should try to spread themselves out or travel off-peak periods where possible. They should also continue to adhere to the prevailing safe management measures such as maintaining good personal hygiene and refraining from talking. They should also see a doctor if they are unwell.

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