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Medically Eligible S’pore Taxi Drivers Who Are Not Fully Vaccinated By Feb. 1, 2022 Cannot Drive – Mothership.SG

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Taxi drivers in Singapore who are not fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by February 1, 2022 cannot continue driving and may have their contract suspended.

This was announced by the Minister of State for Transport, Amy Khor, in a January 13 Facebook post. Publish.

Suspended contracts

These taxi drivers will not have to pay rent during the period of suspension of their contract.

Taxi operators collect rental when they rent vehicles to taxi drivers.

The suspension of contracts will end when taxi drivers are fully vaccinated.

Over 300 medically eligible active drivers

Khor said there are just over 300 medically eligible active drivers who have yet to receive at least one dose of the vaccine.

This translates to approximately 0.5% of all active drivers.

The rental waiver during the suspension period will “reduce” the “financial burden” of these drivers, she noted.

She added that more than 99% of the approximately 66,500 active taxi and private hire vehicle drivers are fully vaccinated.

More than 75% received their booster shots.

Meeting with associations

Khor said she met with the National Taxi Association (NTA) and the National Private Hire Vehicles Association (NPHVA).

Their request was to extend the February 1 deadline to allow unvaccinated taxi and private hire drivers to get vaccinated.

However, Khor said an extension would be more dangerous: “Extending the deadline for our unvaccinated taxi and PHC (private hire car) drivers would actually put them at greater risk to their health.”

Drivers who need help complying with the measures can approach their associations or the LTA, she added.

How authorities can help will be on a case-by-case basis, the post also said.

What are the vaccination measures at work?

Workplace vaccination measures were announced in December 2021.

All workers, even those who are self-employed, such as taxi and private hire vehicle drivers, must be fully vaccinated to return to the workplace from February 2022.

Those who have taken at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine will have until January 31 to complete their vaccination regimen.

Drivers can still drive during this grace period as long as they have a daily negative pre-event test result from a Department of Health-approved Covid-19 testing provider, Khor said.

Khor said the higher transmissibility of the Omicron variant makes it even more critical for medically eligible drivers to meet workplace vaccination measures by February 1.

Best Pictures via Amy Khor Facebook