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Applications for private hire car driver's vocational licence to open on March 13

Applications for the private hire car driver's vocational licence (PDVL) will open on March 13, 2017.

APPLICATIONS for the private hire car driver's vocational licence (PDVL) will open on March 13, 2017.

This is for drivers who wish to provide private hire car services. The government has given the green light for them to do so, but with some rules in place.

Applicants are required to undergo a medical examination, and will be subject to background checks.

Singapore permanent residents and foreign work pass holders must also be employees of a company providing chauffeured services in order to be eligible for the licence.

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Singapore citizens can apply for a licence as a self-employed driver. The current policy which states that if they are not driving as employees, they need to be registered owners of a chauffeured services business, will no longer be required.

All applicants will also have to attend and pass a 10-hour PDVL course with the Singapore Taxi Academy.

Drivers employed by traditional chauffeured services companies may be exempted from the course if their companies' in-house training programmes meet the Land Transport Authority's (LTA) requirements.

Holders of a Taxi Driver's Vocational Licence (TDVL) who wish to drive a private hire car need not apply for a PDVL. Existing TDVLs will allow their holders to drive both taxis and private hire cars.

The TDVL refresher course conducted by the Singapore Taxi Academy for existing TDVL holders will also be expanded to cover private hire car rules and regulations. New TDVL applicants will be instructed on both taxi and private hire car rules and regulations.

Besides having to obtain a PDVL, private hire car drivers will also be required to display a tamper-evident decal on the front and back windscreens of their private hire cars from July 2017.

"This will facilitate enforcement against unregistered cars providing private hire car services, and private hire cars that commit offences such as picking up passengers via street-hail," LTA said.