The Singapore government will be providing an additional S$30 Million to enhance the Covid-19 Driver Relief Fund (CDRF) to support taxi and private hire car drivers.
Additional S$10 per day
In a July 23 press release, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said that under this latest enhancement, eligible drivers will receive an additional S$10 per vehicle per day from July 22 to August 31.
They will also receive an additional S$5 per vehicle per day in September 2021.
This latest enhancement comes on top of the S$40 million the government had already committed for the three-month extension of CDRF announced on June 10.
Currently, the extended CDRF provides support for drivers with S$10 per vehicle per day for 60 days from July 2021, and S$5 per vehicle per day for the next 30 days.
In total, the amount set aside for the taxi and private hire car sectors since February 2020 is S$482 million.
LTA will work with operators over next two weeks
LTA will work with the taxi and private hire car operators to implement the latest CDRF enhancement over the next two weeks, and operators will inform drivers of disbursement details in due course.
All taxi and private hire car drivers who are currently receiving CDRF payouts will automatically receive the enhancement through their operators.
There is no need for drivers to make an application, LTA added.
Support for drivers under quarantine
For drivers who are served with Quarantine Orders after coming into close contact with individuals who tested positive for Covid-19 infection, the Ministry of Health (MOH) will continue to administer the Quarantine Order Allowance Scheme.
Taxi and private hire car operators, as well as the National Taxi Association (NTA), the National Private Hire Vehicles Association (NPHVA) will also continue to provide their own relief packages to affected drivers.
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