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Health checks for cabbies

While they wait for their taxis to be serviced, cabbies from ComfortDelGro (CDG) and SMRT can go for health checks at CDG's Loyang engineering centre and SMRT's Woodlands service depot respectively.

Implemented from June last year, the year-long pilot programme by the Health Promotion Board has community nurses checking drivers' weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

Those found to have chronic diseases will be advised to see their own doctors. No medication will be issued.

About the study

To better understand the general working and health conditions of taxi drivers, a group of researchers from the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at the National University of Singapore conducted a study on random cabbies.

It is the first local study that specifically evaluated the risk factors of cabbies' driving. A total of 231 taxi drivers were approached while they were waiting for the maintenance and repair of their taxis, or to pay their monthly rental fees.

While the researchers said the results could be used as a baseline for future studies, they acknowledged that one main limitation was participation bias. Of the 340 cabbies they had approached, 231 agreed to the survey.

" ... Those who declined to participate may have had a different demographic distribution from those who agreed to participate," the study said.