Taxi Driver’s Training Updated to Better Reflect Changing Industry Practices

News Releases 12 Apr 2016 Committee of Supply (COS) Taxi Driver Vocational Licence (TDVL)

1. Taking in feedback from stakeholders such as commuters, taxi drivers and taxi companies, the Taxi Driver Vocational Licence (TDVL) course and refresher course will be updated and streamlined to take into account changing industry practices and new technology. For example, training for route planning will no longer be limited to the traditional hardcopy street directory, but also incorporate other navigational tools like the Global Positioning System.

2. Applicants for a TDVL will henceforth undergo a shorter 25-hour TDVL course, instead of the current 60-hour course. There are also plans for part of the revised TDVL course to be conducted through e-learning.

3. Currently, taxi drivers must attend a 6 or 9 hour long taxi refresher course, once every 6 years. These refresher courses will be shortened to 3 and 5 hours respectively. In addition, active TDVL holders with good conduct (i.e. no Vocational Licence Points System demerit points), and are nominated by their taxi companies, will be exempted from the TDVL refresher course.

4. The revised TDVL course and refresher course are estimated to take effect from May 2016.

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