Private-hire drivers push on despite test woes

Chinese-speaking Madam Goh Yang Huang has failed the Private Hire Car Driver's Vocational Licence test nine times despite attending the 10-hour course at the Singapore Taxi Academy. But she is determined to pass in order to be financially independent
Chinese-speaking Madam Goh Yang Huang has failed the Private Hire Car Driver's Vocational Licence test nine times despite attending the 10-hour course at the Singapore Taxi Academy. But she is determined to pass in order to be financially independent in her old age.ST PHOTO: SONG TAO
Many Chinese-speaking private-hire car drivers find it hard to understand the Private Hire Car Driver’s Vocational Licence or PDVL test questions and have to memorise the answers instead.
Many Chinese-speaking private-hire car drivers find it hard to understand the Private Hire Car Driver’s Vocational Licence or PDVL test questions and have to memorise the answers instead. ST PHOTO: SONG TAO

Many Chinese-speaking drivers find vocational licence test challenging

For Madam Goh Yang Huang, being a private-hire driver has been a source of financial independence. But soon, the 63-year-old might have to earn her living off the roads.

As of end-May, some 23,900 private-hire drivers have yet to undergo training or pass the Private Hire Car Driver's Vocational Licence (PDVL) test - a month to go before June 30, when the one-year concession for obtaining the licence ends. The 23,900 are among some 56,300 private-hire car drivers now on the roads.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 11, 2018, with the headline 'Private-hire drivers push on despite test woes'. Print Edition | Subscribe