Updated 22 August 2017
Private hire car drivers are now obliged to undergo the Private Hire Driver’s Vocational Licensing (PDVL) Framework starting 1 July 2017. This is the newly required license for Uber and Grab drivers to continue providing chauffeured services.
The government also expects to leverage the industry by also revising the existing Taxi Driver Vocational License (TDVL) framework in line with the new developments of Singapore Land Transport Authority regulations.
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Private Hire Driver’s Vocational Licensing (PDVL)
The regulation has been created to ensure both the chauffeurs and the public’s interest and safety through the driver’s sufficient training. Taxi drivers who want to avail of the vocational license will just have to attend a two-hour briefing for private hired drivers. Under the new framework, the applicants must go through strict medical and background screening.
Only individuals who are registered owners of a chauffeured service company or an employee of a limousine company can apply for the vocational license. UberX and Grab require their private drivers to have a Class3/3A driving license for at least a year. However, under the PDVL their drivers must now have a driving license for 2 years prior the application.
Each applicant must attend the required PDVL course of approximately 10 hours and pass the given examinations. Upon passing, the drivers who successfully kept their license are also mandated for a 3-hour refresher course every 6 years.
For stricter regulation, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) will use a demerit point system. All drivers who never incurred any demerit points will be exempted of the refresher course. This will also apply to the limousine company drivers only if the company meets the LTA laid requirements.
Aside from the driver’s vocational license, the private drivers are required to display their license and tamper proof decals on their cars. These decals can only be used once. This will assure the commuters that the driver has undergone sufficient training and the car is registered with the LTA.
Revised Taxi Driver Vocational License (TDVL)
After months of survey and evaluation, the ministry found out that most taxi drivers feel the current TDVL has to be revised to provide them needed leverage as the competition with UberX and GrabCar continues to be tight. In response, the ministry is incorporating technology into the framework. This also shows that the industry is quickly changing and innovation is a must.
Under the reconstructed TDVL framework, the taxi drivers are required to learn using the Global Positioning System (GPS) instead of the just maps. From 60 hours, the course will be shortened to 25 hours. More training will be done online rather than in classrooms. The refresher course will also be shortened to 3-5 hours from 6-9 hours. Like the private drivers, taxi drivers without any demerit points will be exempted from the refresher course. The government expects better service with the said incentives.
On the other hand, taxi drivers who want get a vocational driving license can just attend the 2 hours shortened course without having to pay $40.
Uber Driver Requirements in Singapore
You must be a Singapore Citizen or a Permanent Resident with at least 25 years of age and a holder of a Class 3/3A driving license for at least 2 years. All drivers have to register as a limo car company in ACRA which can easily be done in less than 20 minutes online at $65.
Your vehicle has to be a four-door car and less than 10 years old with a capacity of 1.4L or larger. Your car does not have to be new or expensive as long as it is in good condition. It is a common notion that no owner of an expensive car will let a stranger use their beloved vehicles due to fear of premature wear and tear, yet it is up to you as Uber now offers services for commuters who want to ride luxury cars. Uber recently raised its minimum hourly guaranteed rate fare of $25 per hour during non-peak seasons, it rises to $27 – $36 during peak hours.
It is a common notion that no owner of an expensive car will let a stranger use their beloved vehicles due to fear of premature wear and tear, yet it is up to you as Uber now offers services for commuters who want to ride luxury cars. Uber recently raised its minimum hourly guaranteed rate fare of $25 per hour during non-peak seasons, it rises to $27 – $36 during peak hours.
GrabCar Driver Requirements in Singapore
You must be at least 21 years old, a Singaporean or a Permanent Resident who has at least 2 years driving experience. Even if you do not have your own car, you can still be a Grab driver through Grab’s exclusive partner fleets. You can also drive for an affiliated rental company. As for PDVL, Grab offers to reimburse or pay the corresponding fees. However, if you fail the test, you may retake it at your own expense.
If you are in need of quick cash to get a driving vocational license, you can just drive to a money lender in Singapore such as Cash Mart and the friendly staff will be willing to assist you with your personalized loan.
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