Up to 40 Percent of Private-Hire Car Drivers Could Be Off the Roads Come July


23,900 private-hire car drivers in Singapore have not passed their Private Hire Car Driver’s Vocational Licence (PDVL) test, or taken the training.

They will not be allowed to pick up passengers come 1 July if they do not pass the test.

That will result in a 40 percent drop in the number of private-hire vehicles on the road.

Presently, there are 56,300 private-hire car drivers plying their trade here.

Last year, private-hire car drivers were given a 1-year grace period to obtain their licence, while being allowed to continue driving for firms such as Grab and the now-defunct Uber.

It’s uncertain how many of the 23,900 that have not obtained their licence are planning to call it a day and stop driving.

The LTA says that the passing rate for the PDVL test is 70 percent.

Private-hire car drivers who drive without the PDVL can be fined up to S$1,000, jailed for up to 3 months, or receive a combination of both penalties.



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