Operators working for ComfortDelGro Taxi are expected to get an added $10 rental relief every day. This is because their wages are foreseen to decline more following more powerful measures directed at controlling the coronavirus spread.
According to the operator, the rental relief is expected to be included to its present daily rental cuts of 16.50, with the present cuts also prolonged by one month.
Combine with relief measures provided by the government, this implies that that the company’s taxi operators will now receive a total every day rental reduction of $46.50 up until the end of April.
The enhanced rental relief follows Government’s declaration on Tuesday that meetings outside work and school would be restricted to ten characters and that entertainment centres are to shut down.
The regulations start working as from 11.59 on Thursday. Thye will be effective until the end of the subsequent month.
The chief executive of ComfortDelGro Taxi, Mr Ang Wei Neng, stated that while the company backs the measures, it recognises that they will lead to a reduction in demand for cabs as individuals remain home. Therefore, it has resolved to prolong and enhance rental support.
“We will do what we can to support our cabbies during these difficult times,” he stated.
Also, he added that the company hopes that another incentive pack to support the economy current over the coronavirus will moreover assist taxi operators.
Details of the pack will be revealed in Parliament on Thursday by Heng Swee Keat, the Finance Minister.
Taxi operators and private hire operators have stated that their wages reduced by about 60% since the outbreak burst in January in Singapore.
Most of them have surrendered their driving jobs because of this. This is regardless of the financial help given to them by the operators and government.
Although no driver would reveal the rate of vehicles not rented out, sector observers estimate it could be 30%. Additionally, the company stated on Wednesday that it will waive
ComfortDelGro also said on Wednesday that it will renounce taxi rentals for operators who have been offered a 5-day medical sabbatical with urgent effect.
Starting the previous month, medics have been requested to offer 5 days of sick permission to the victims with respiratory symptoms like cough, fever, runny nose, and sore throat.
Earlier, ComfortDelGro forwent rentals only for operators who have been put under quarantine by the Ministry of Health or stay-home warning by the firm or sent on a leave of absence.