New rules set to be laid down next month stipulate that private-hire vehicle drivers must be Singapore citizens who are at least 30 years old.
This comes amidst discussions between the National Taxi Association and National Private Hire Vehicles Associations.
One of the key concerns prompting the proposed rule is the problem of youths taking to driving private-hire vehicles full-time.
As of February 2019, there are 41,000 registered PHV drivers, of which 40 percent of them are under 40 years old.
Over 6500 of them are below 30 years old
However, the data does not include non-registered PHV drivers who operate “hitch” services.
Hitch drivers are allowed to only make 2 ride-sharing trips a day, however many are known to take on more rides across different ride-sharing operators.
The NTA and NPHV are also in discussion about issues such as contracts between transport operators and drivers, drivers’ insurance and the issue of whether PHV can do roadside pick-ups.
The result of these talks will be announced next month.