Applications for Private Hire Car Driver’s Vocational Licence to Open on 13 March 2017

News Releases 09 Mar 2017 Private Hire Car Driver's Vocational Licence (PDVL)

    Applications for the Private Hire Car Driver’s Vocational Licence (PDVL) will open on 13 March 2017. Drivers who wish to provide private hire car services may download the application form from the Land Transport Authority’s (LTA) website[1], and should return the completed form to LTA by 30 June 2017.

Eligibility Criteria & Application Process

 2. Applicants must hold a Class 3/3A driving licence which has been valid for a continuous period of at least two years at the point of applying for the PDVL. All applicants will be required to undergo a medical examination, and will be subject to background checks. There will be a non-refundable $40 application fee.

 3. Applicants who are not Singapore citizens, such as Singapore Permanent Residents and Foreign Work Pass holders, must be employees of a company providing chauffeured services in order to be eligible for the PDVL. As for Singapore citizens, the current policy is that if they are not driving as employees, they need to be registered owners of a chauffeured services business. This will no longer be required. Singapore Citizens can apply for a PDVL as a self-employed driver.

PDVL Course

 4. Applicants will be informed by LTA to register for the 10 hour PDVL course with the Singapore Taxi Academy after LTA has received and processed their application.

 5. To ease the transition to the new vocational licensing regime, private hire car drivers whose applications reach LTA by 30 June 2017 will have up to one year to attend and pass the PDVL course. During this one-year transitional period, they can continue providing private hire car services[2]. Applicants whose applications reach LTA after 30 June 2017 must obtain a PDVL before they can provide private hire car services.

 6. The Singapore Taxi Academy has been appointed to conduct the PDVL course. The course will equip applicants with knowledge on private hire car rules and regulations, service quality and safety, and will consist of self-study (2 hours) and classroom coaching (8 hours) components. More information about the course can be obtained from the Singapore Taxi Academy at 6472 7351 or from 

 7. Upon passing the course, applicants will be notified by LTA when their PDVL is ready for collection.

 8. Drivers employed by traditional chauffeured services companies may be exempted from the PDVL course if their companies’ in-house training programmes meet LTA’s requirements. Companies that have yet to be engaged by LTA on this possibility can contact LTA for more information and an assessment of their training programmes.

Taxi Driver’s Vocational Licence (TDVL) holders can drive both taxis and private hire cars

 9. TDVL holders who wish to drive a private hire car need not apply for a PDVL[3]. 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 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 during their TDVL course.

Tamper-evident Decal

10. 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 1 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. More details on the tamper-evident decal will be shared in April 2017.

11. For more details on the PDVL and private hire car decal requirements, please visit LTA’s website[4] or call 1800-2255 582. Private hire car drivers driving for private hire car booking service operators such as Uber and Grab can also approach these service operators.



[2] LTA will issue them a letter which will state the conditions, as well as the rules and regulations that they have to comply with during this transitional period.

[3] TDVL holders will use their existing TDVL, which will allow them to drive both taxis and private hire cars. TDVL holders will receive a letter from LTA notifying them of this, as well as the rules and regulations applicable to PDVL holders


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