In line with the updated restrictions on permissible group sizes during the Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) period from 22 July 2021 to 18 August 2021, the Land Transport Authority will be implementing the following measures to minimise interaction and the risk of COVID-19 transmission across different households when commuting. These measures are similar to those implemented during the earlier Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) period.
Passenger Limits for Taxis and PHCs
2 The updated restrictions on group sizes will apply to passengers on taxis and private hire cars (PHCs). This means 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 All passengers are reminded that it continues to be mandatory for everyone to wear masks at all times. Taxi and PHC drivers should decline to fetch passengers who do not wear masks.
Carpooling Services Suspended
4 During the Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) period, all forms of carpooling services will be suspended. These include services such as GrabHitch and RydePool, which involve drivers receiving payment for ferrying passengers while en-route to their destination. Social carpooling trips are only permitted among friends or colleagues if the prevailing permissible group size of two people is adhered to.
5 Commuters are strongly encouraged to use taxis and PHCs booked through licensed ride-hail operators. 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 stand apart from one another 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 on the phone or to each other. They should also see a doctor if they are unwell.