Taitung County Recruits Taxi Drivers 台東僅3輛防疫專車 縣府招募防疫計程車

Taitung County has jumped from zero to 17 confirmed cases. Now it is reported that Taitung County has only three special anti-epidemic cars. The County Government is now offering a daily salary of NT$3,500 to openly recruit taxi drivers. 


The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Taitung County has exploded from zero to 17. So far, more than 270 people have been quarantined. Now it is reported that the number of special anti-epidemic vehicles in Taitung County has been reduced from 6 vehicles to only 3. In the past few days, transporting patients for screenings and quarantine could not be completed until the early morning hours.

Wu Hsiao-hui, Director, Disease Control Department, Health Bureau, Taitung County Gov't: “Our team is heavily burdened because those that came in contact need to be transported in epidemic prevention vehicles before and after quarantine.”

The County Government is now recruiting qualified taxis to serve as special anti-epidemic vehicles, with a daily salary of NT$3,500 and subsidizing fuel costs. Although some taxi drivers said the salary is attractive, most still feel the risk is too high and have no interest.

Wu Hsiao-hui, Director, Disease Control Department, Taitung County Health Bureau: “The basic salary is NT$3,500 per day. Then a fuel subsidy is provided based on the distance amount that was driven.”

Hsieh Hui-hui, Chairperson, Taitung County Taxi Association: “There is a risk of infection for the driver when transporting these passengers. Thus, if a driver is infected and has to go to quarantine, he or she will not have operating income for those 14 days.”

The County Government said there are already established regulations. If a driver of an anti-epidemic car is infected or quarantined, the Social Affairs Department will provide a subsidy of NT$1,000 per day. The Ministry of Transportation and Communications will also provide up to NT$2,100 per day, totaling a maximum of NT$3,100 per day. The County Government hopes taxi drivers will join the program. 

 

 

 

台東縣新冠肺炎疫情,從零確診一下爆增到17例,而且累計到目前為止,有270多人被匡列隔離。現在傳出台東縣的防疫專車不足,從原本6部車減少到只剩3部車,這幾天載送採檢、隔離,載到凌晨都還載不完。

台東縣衛生局疾管科長吳曉慧表示:「因為接觸者在隔離前跟解隔後,都需要安排防疫專車的載送,所以他們其實負擔是非常大的。」

台東縣政府現在要召募合格計程車擔任防疫專車,一天提供3500元工資,另外補貼油費。不過有計程車司機認為,工資看起來很吸引人,但大多數的司機覺得風險還是很高,沒有興趣。

台東縣衛生局疾管科長吳曉慧說明:「基本提供3500費用,那後續再依照他的車程提供油資補助。」

台東縣計程車公會理事長謝惠惠則表示:「因為在載這些乘客的時候,也有染疫的風險,那染疫在司機必須去隔離的期間,這14天是沒有營業收入的。」

台東縣府則回應,政府已經有規範,防疫專車司機一旦被染疫或隔離,社會處會提供每天1000元的補助,交通部還有最高2100元補助,最多會有3100元補貼,希望計程車司機能加入。

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