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Taxis and private rental cars can take more than two passengers from Monday: LTA

SINGAPORE – Two-passenger limit for taxis and private rental cars will be raised from Monday (June 14), in line with Singapore’s updated restrictions on eligible group sizes, the Authority said on Friday of Land Transport (LTA).

Commercial car-sharing services can also be resumed, LTA added in its statement.

All drivers and passengers must wear masks at all times, LTA said. “Taxi drivers and PHCs (private rental cars) should refuse to transfer passengers who do not wear masks.”

Paid car-sharing services that are matched through licensed launch platforms, such as GrabHitch and RydePool, will be able to resume from Monday. However, paid shared car trips that are organized through informal platforms such as Telegram groups remain illegal.

Non-paying car trips are allowed, such as between family, friends or co-workers, as long as the allowed group size of five people is allowed, according to LTA.

The announcement comes a day after Covid-19’s multi-ministry working group said restrictions on social gatherings will be relaxed in a two-step process starting Monday.

Among other things, it will be possible to reunite people in groups of up to five people, although it will only be possible to eat in restaurants from 21 June.

The changes are a consequence of the decline in the number of new Covid-19 cases reported daily since tough measures were put in place on 16 May.

Commercial vehicle sharing services had stopped during the intensive alert period from May 16 to June 13. Private taxis and rental cars could also not take more than two passengers during this period, unless they were members of the same household.

LTA said Friday that it is strongly recommended that taxi drivers, private rental car drivers and passengers carry their TraceTogether testimonial or keep their TraceTogether app on their smartphone to facilitate contact location efforts.

“Early detection of close contacts with confirmed cases of Covid-19 will help protect drivers, passengers and their loved ones and prevent further spread in the community,” LTA added.

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