21,000 PHV drivers have been barred from driving for private-hire car services as they have yet to obtain the Private Hire Car Driver’s Vocational Licence despite being given a one year grace period.
Of this number, 3100 drivers took the course but failed the test, while 900 took the course but didn’t sit for the test.
About 16,900 didn’t sit for the course of take the test.
That leaves 22,000 drivers, 51 percent of the PHV population, with the necessary qualifications to continue driving.
Meanwhile, taxi rental rates have risen – the number of un-hired taxis stood at 9 percent in April this year compared to 12.5 percent in January.
Since the vocational licence for taxi drivers can also be used to drive private-hire cars, taxi drivers have the luxury of choice as to whether they want to drive for main private-hire car operator Grab, or taxi firms.