Private Hire Car Driver’s Vocational Licence (PDVL)
If you have not been living under a rock or in your car for the pass six months, you should know that under the new regulations, all drivers wishing to provide chauffeured services will be required to apply for and obtain a Private Hire Car Driver’s Vocational Licence (PDVL).
Applications for the PDVL course began on 13 March 2017. Uber and Grab have their own version of “express pass” to help you with the application; with paid-for medical screening and course fee.
One thing for sure is that if you wish to provide a chauffeured service using a private car, you should register through either of them by 30 June 2017 so that you will be eligible for a 12 month extension and capitalize on the free medical screening and course fee they are offering without any contract obligations.
Any other channels to obtain your PDVL other than through Uber and Grab are currently not advisable as it will requires you to pay for your own medical screening, obtain your forms personally at LTA, and paying for the submission and course fee.
To be eligible to apply for a Private Hire Car Driver’s Vocational Licence (PDVL), you should:
- Pass LTA’s required medical examination and background checks;
- Held a valid class 3/3A/3C/3CA Singapore Driving Licence for at least a continuous period of two years at the point of application; and
- Be able to speak and read simple English
- Singapore Permanent Resident and Work Pass Holder need to be employees driving for a company or business proving chauffeured services
- Singapore Permanent Resident applying for PDVL must submit a copy of your CPF Contribution Statement (2 Months’ Contribution) and Employment Letter at the point of application
- Work Pass Holder applying for PDVL must submit a copy of your Certificate of Conduct and Employment Letter at the point of application
Application through the ride-sharing platforms are straight-forward enough, however, the following are some further information that you might want to know:
English Proficiency Proof
You will be required to produce documentary proof of your ability to speak and read simple English when you register for the PDVL training course upon approval of your application. For this purpose, a GCE ‘O’ Level or ‘N’ Level pass in English (at least a D7 grade) or a Level 3 pass in English under the Workplace Literacy (WPL) programme is accepted. If you are not able to provide these documents, you are required to sit for the WPL-Computer Adaptive Test (WPL-CAT). The fee for this test is $10.50 (excluding GST).
You must ensure that you have up-to-date Medisave contributions if you are a self-employed person.
For more information on the Medisave for the Self-Employed Scheme or to check the Medisave payment status for licence renewal, please visit the CPF website at www.cpf.gov.sg.
It seems that existing drivers registering through their app-ride sharing platform provider do not need to pay anything out of their own pocket or using their Skill Future Fund. However, it pays to enquire at the point of time when you are applying for the course.
Course Fee : $100 per trainee
Test Fee : $10 per registration, $5 per test paper
Training Materials : $25 per set
Price Exclude GST.
Course Provider and Outline
The Singapore Taxi Academy has been appointed to conduct training for the PDVL Course (10 hours).
The course will equip private hire car driver with knowledge on the rules and regulations, service quality as well as general safety and has been designed to facilitate both self-study (2 hours) and classroom coaching (8 hours) within a structured learning framework.
Those who wish to find out more about the PDVL Course can contact the Singapore Taxi Academy at 6472 7351 or visit http://www.taxi.org.sg/.
You are required to sit for a test at the end of the course. Re-test are available if you are unable to pass it on the first try. If you are unable to pass the test by 30 June 2018, you are required to retake the course and competency test.
Validity of PDVL
The PDVL is valid for three years from the date of issuance and PDVL holders will be required to go for refresher courses once every six years.
The PDVL is mandatory and there is no way around it, unless that if you already have a Taxi Driver Vocational Licence (TDVL), you are exempted from needing to possess the PDVL on top of it. Our suggestion is to get registered before the 30 June 2017 deadline with either Uber or Grab if you have not done so. Nothing to lose getting it done now.
More information and FAQ on LTA website: