Don't penalise taxi drivers
WE REFER to the Land Transport Authority's (LTA's) reply, "LTA rules to boost taxi-fleet utilisation" (My Paper, May 21).
The National Taxi Association (NTA) and taxi drivers have provided feedback on concerns relating to longer hours put in by cabbies to meet mileage requirements.
While every effort is being made to help address taxi-availability (TA) issues, it is important that the safety and health of drivers are not compromised.
Taxi drivers should also be treated fairly as they work to meet the TA standards. We have noted that some taxi operators have started to impose conditions on drivers who fail to meet the TA indicators, especially for the mileage requirement.
NTA urges LTA and taxi operators to take greater efforts in addressing these concerns quickly.
We urge LTA to review and tweak the TA indicators, where necessary, based on feedback from the last six months. Penalties should not be passed on to drivers, and more support can come in the form of incentive schemes to motivate drivers.
We hope that effective assistance programmes to help drivers find relief drivers, as well as LTA-led mediation processes, can be put in place soon.
MR ANG HIN KEE
NATIONAL TAXI ASSOCIATION