More electric taxis to ply Singapore roads as LTA grants license to new operator

One of the electric taxis operated by HDT Singapore Taxi. (PHOTO: LTA Facebook page)

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has granted a full-fledged Taxi Service Operator License (TSOL) to HDT Singapore Taxi (HDTT), which will see the company put at least 800 electric taxis into operation here within the next four years.

In a media release on Tuesday (31 July), the authority said that it granted the TSOL following a two-year trial involving 100 e-taxis under the Transport Innovation and Development Scheme.

“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,” said the LTA, which added that the 10-year TSOL will come into effect from Wednesday.

With the license granted, HDTT will increase the size of its e-taxi fleet to a minimum of 800 vehicles over the next four years using an employer-employee model. It will also have to register its existing fleet of e-taxis as regular taxis by the end of August.

The company will also have to ensure that sufficient charging stations are set up islandwide to support its fleet, while also complying with Taxi Availability and Quality of Service standards.

HDTT’s entry into the market brings the number of taxi operators here up to seven.

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