They will operate at least 800 e-taxis in 4 years.
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) granted a full-fledged taxi service operator licence (TSOL) to HDT Singapore Taxi (HDTT), an announcement revealed. Under the licence, HDTT will be required to operate at least 800 e-taxis in Singapore.
The deal requires HDTT to convert its existing fleet of e-taxis, and register them as regular taxis by 31 August. The taxi operator will progressively increase its fleet size to a minimum of 800 taxis within 4 years using an employer-employee model.
“HDTT’s business proposal, company organisational structure, past performance records and financial capabilities have demonstrated the company’s business viability and ability to operate a full-fledged taxi service,” LTA said.
For its service, the firm needs to secure sufficient charging stations island-wide for its fleet. HDTT will also need to comply with taxi availability standards and quality of service standards set by the LTA.
Before the licence grant, HDTT underwent a two-year trial under the Transport Innovation & Development Scheme (TIDES-PLUS) involving 100 electric taxis. It is poised to be the seventh taxi operator in Singapore.
LTA has granted a 10-year TSOL for HDTT, which will take effect on 1 August.
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