Private Hire Car (PHC) drivers, who are providing chauffeured services on a one-year Approval-to-Drive (ATD) concession are reminded to pass the PHC Driver’s Vocational Licence (PDVL) test and obtain their PDVLs by 30 June 2018.
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) reminded PHC drivers on Friday (1 June) that the PDVL course and tests have been conducted since the authority started receiving PDVL applications in April 2017, to equip drivers with the necessary skills to provide PHC services safely and competently.
To ensure that PDVL applicants can secure PDVL training and testing slots in a timely manner, LTA said that it had appointed ComfortDelGro (CDG) Taxi as a new training provider, and the Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) as a new test centre in December 2017.
It says that the expansion of training and testing capacity has helped shorten the average waiting period for PDVL and TDVL courses and tests from four to six weeks, to about one week today.
LTA strongly encourages those PHC drivers who are driving under the ATD concession without a PDVL, and have yet to register for training and pass the requisite PDVL tests, to do so as soon as possible.
Drivers have been informed by LTA since the beginning of 2018, to remind them of the need to attend the course and pass the tests early. LTA says “This is to avoid a situation where these drivers are unable to obtain a PDVL by the 30 June deadline due to a last minute surge in sign-ups.”
Regular SMSes and letter reminders have also been sent to these drivers, and issuing reminders over radio broadcasts, as well as working with industry stakeholders such as booking service providers and the National Private Hire Vehicle Association (NPHVA) to remind drivers.
Acording to the authority, around 70 per cent of trained PDVL applicants have passed the test since the implementation of the PDVL. Those who need help passing the tests are strongly encouraged to participate in remedial classes, which are regularly conducted by the Singapore Taxi Academy and CDG Taxi training centres.
ATD concession holders who have not obtained their PDVLs by 30 June will not be allowed to continue to provide chauffeured services.
Those who drive a PHC without a valid vocational licence will be liable, upon conviction, to a fine of up to $1,000 or a jail term of up to 3 months, or both.