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Uber and Grab drivers in Singapore can apply for a licence from next Monday

Applicants will need to pass a 10-hour course with the country’s taxi academy

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 09 March, 2017, 12:38pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 09 March, 2017, 12:39pm

Uber and Grab drivers in Singapore can apply for a private hire car driver’s vocational licence from next Monday.

Private hire drivers who already have a taxi driver licence need not apply for the new licence, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said.

The application form for the new licence is available on the LTA website. Those who sign up after June 30 must obtain a licence before they can provide private hire car services.

Applicants will have up to one year to attend and pass a 10-hour course with the Singapore Taxi Academy. During the one-year transitional period, they can continue to provide private hire car services.

The application will cost S$40 (US$28). Those applying for the new licence must hold a Class 3/3A driving licence, which has been valid for a continuous period of at least two years.

Applicants will also need to undergo a medical examination, and will be subjected to background checks.

The Bill on the new vocational licensing regime was announced in April last year and passed in Parliament earlier this month. Singaporeans can apply for the licence as a self-employed driver.

Those who are not Singapore citizens must be employees of a company providing chauffeured services in order to be eligible for the licence.

Uber and Grab drivers can apply for a licence from Monday