Taiwan taxi drivers join delivery sector amid renewed Level 3 alert

The Taipei City Department of Transportation (北市交通局) announced that it will requisite vehicles owned by the Taxi Transportation Service (計程車客運業) to assist with delivering packages and take-out meals. (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — The Taipei City Department of Transportation (北市交通局) announced on Thursday that it will allow vehicles owned by the Taxi Transportation Service (計程車客運業) to assist with delivering packages and take-out meals.

The new measure is aimed at meeting skyrocketing demand for delivery drivers as the public is urged to refrain from going out. The move will help taxi drivers who are suffering from slow business amid the outbreak, city authorities said.

The delivery fees would be determined by the taxi drivers and cooperating businesses without the need to use an electronic taximeter.

The decision received a positive response from taxi drivers as the extension of the Level 3 epidemic warning alert until June 28 has dramatically impacted the transportation and restaurant industry.

Taxi drivers are only receiving 1 percent to 20 percent of their regular revenues, while people are also prohibited from dining in restaurants, authorities said.

With fewer people leaving their houses, there has been a larger demand for delivery services, authorities added.

A shortage of people and cars from the freight industry, however, result in delays and difficulties for people purchasing groceries, authorities stressed.

Therefore, through cooperation, the Department of Transportation hopes to help Taxi drivers and restaurant owners find work while making deliveries more efficient and reliable.