Taxi, VTC and passengers encouraged to wear masks although more compulsory: LTA

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SINGAPORE: The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is encouraging taxi and VTC drivers and passengers to continue wearing masks, although it will no longer be compulsory to do so from next Monday (August 29).

“While no longer required, drivers and passengers are encouraged to continue wearing their masks to protect themselves and others, particularly if drivers are carrying sick passengers,” LTA said in response to questions from CNA Wednesday.

Echoing LTA’s advice, Gojek and Premier Taxis said they were encouraging passengers and drivers to continue wearing masks.

“Although it is no longer a requirement, driver-partners and customers are encouraged to continue wearing a mask if they prefer to do so, especially if they are not feeling well,” the transport company told DAC.

“We remain fully committed to the health, safety and well-being of all our users and continue to remind them to remain vigilant and observe good hygiene practices, helping to ensure a safe driving environment for all. .”

Premier Taxis also said it would continue to encourage drivers and passengers to wear a mask to protect themselves and others, especially if they are feeling unwell.

Meanwhile, Grab told CNA he “strongly encourages” driver-partners and passengers to continue exercising their personal social responsibility, adding that they should wear a mask if they feel unwell.

The VTC firm also encouraged the driver-partners to increase the ventilation of the vehicles by avoiding the use of the recirculation mode of the air conditioning system, and to clean and disinfect their vehicles regularly.

“If passengers and partners agree, roll down the windows to improve ventilation,” he added.

ComfortDelGro, Singapore’s largest taxi operator, pointed to the Land Transport Authority (LTA) Facebook page when asked about the company’s mask-wearing policy.

LTA’s Facebook post reiterated the Ministry of Health’s announcement that masks will be optional from August 29, except on public buses and trains, as well as indoor public transport such as boarding areas. at bus interchanges and after passing through fare gates at underground MRT stations. .

Masks will be optional on private modes of transport such as taxis, school buses and private bus services.

CNA has also contacted SMRT for comment. TADA declined to comment.

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