LTA has received 39,000 applications for the Private Hire Car Driver's Vocational Licence

The decals used by Grab to indicate the private-hire car driver has applied for their Vocational Licence.
The decals used by Grab to indicate the private-hire car driver has applied for their Vocational Licence.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
The base of the decals show "void" after being peeled off.
The base of the decals show "void" after being peeled off. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
A Grab employee pasting a decal at the Grab office at Sin Ming Lane on June 23, 2017.
A Grab employee pasting a decal at the Grab office at Sin Ming Lane on June 23, 2017.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

SINGAPORE - The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has received about 39,000 applications for the Private Hire Car Driver's Vocational Licence (PDVL) as of June 21.

Of these applications, about 33,000 have been given approval to go for the PDVL course, of whom 500 have registered and attended.

About 27,000 private-hire cars have been affixed with tamper evident decals, which must be displayed on all private-hire cars providing chauffeured services from July 1.

Private-hire drivers must submit their applications for the PDVL course by the end of this month (June 30) to be allowed to continue driving. They will then have a year to attend and pass the course.

One driver, Mr Gregory Poo, said the decal has allowed passengers to more easily identify his vehicle, and made it easier for him to drop off and pick up passengers as well.

"Now, when I enter condominiums, the security guards know I am there to pick up or drop off passengers," said the 53-year-old IT technician, who drives part-time for Uber.

As one of the 500 who has attended and passed the 10-hour PDVL course, Mr Poo added that he now has more certainty about matters, such as where he is allowed to pick up and drop off passengers.

"Now I know that you can't pick up or drop off riders at places like bus stops or taxi stands," he said. "Previously, I was not so sure."


Correction note: This article has been edited for clarity.