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The time is ticking for private-hire car drivers. They have until the end of June to pass the vocational licence test.
Private-hire car drivers who fail to obtain their vocational licence by June will be prohibited from driving for fares, says the Land Transport Authority (LTA).
Drivers who are caught picking up passengers without a valid licence could be fined up to S$1,000 or jailed for up to three months, or both.
At the time of writing, about 34,000 private-hire car drivers have yet to undergo the Private Hire Car Driver’s Vocational Licence (PDVL) course. Only 17,000 drivers have successfully completed the 10-hour course and passed the required tests.
If the numbers remain the same after three months, the number of private-hire car drivers could drop significantly after 30 June. As a result, commuters will likely see a rise in prices as there won’t be enough drivers to meet commuter demand.
For those unaware, the PDVL course consists of two hours of self-study and eight hours of classroom coaching. They will also be required to pass two test papers before receiving the vocational licence.
The course fees for the Private Hire Car Driver’s Vocational Licence costs a total of S$155.15. To learn more about it, head over to www.taxi.org.sg. Alternatively, you may also visit LTA to learn more.
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