How many private-hire drivers are not S’poreans?


PRs and foreigners can apply for private – hire drivers in Singapore as policy changed.

I refer to the article “‘African’ driver in online video is a Singapore PR and approved to ferry passengers: Uber” (Straits Times, Sep 26).

It states that “Under the Land Transport Authority’s regulations, PRs and foreign work pass holders can apply to become private-hire drivers but they must be employees of a company offering chauffeured services. ST understands that the driver meets this requirement.”

So, how many private-hire drivers are PRs and foreigners, and what is the breakdown of all the drivers into Singaporeans, PRs and foreigners?

Why was the policy changed when it has always been the policy that only Singaporeans age 30 and above can be taxi drivers?

Leong Sze Hian

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Leong Sze Hian has served as president of 4 professional bodies, honorary consul of 2 countries, an alumnus of Harvard University, authored 4 books, quoted over 1500 times in the media , has been a radio talkshow host, a newspaper daily columnist, Wharton Fellow, SEACeM Fellow, columnist for theonlinecitizen and Malaysiakini, executive producer of Ilo Ilo (40 international awards), invited to speak more than 200 times in over 30 countries, CIFA advisory board member, founding advisor to the Financial Planning Associations of Indonesia and Brunei. He has 3 Masters, 2 Bachelors degrees and 13 professional  qualifications.