Uber and Grab drivers can apply for a license from Monday

Uber and Grab drivers can apply for a private hire car driver’s vocational license from Monday, March 13, 2017. Private hire drivers who already have a taxi driver license need not apply for the new license, Land Transport Authority (LTA) said in a statement on March 9, 2017.

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

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Those applying for the new license must hold a Class 3/3A driving license that has been valid for a continuous period of at least two years. Applicants will be subjected to background checks. They also need to undergo a medical examination.

Singaporeans can apply for the license as a self-employed driver. Non-citizens, including permanent residents, must be employees of a company providing chauffeured services to be eligible for the license.

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

The application will cost S$40.

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Kareyst Lin
Kareyst Lin – Senior Writer

Kareyst has experience in writing about B2B technology for Computerworld Singapore, MIS Asia and CIO Asia; and on government technology for GCIO Asia. Her pet areas are artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and smart cities - these are fueled by her obsession with sci-fi movies and philosophy of mind. 

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