I decided to obtain a Taxi Driver's Vocational Licence (TDVL) so as to gain an additional avenue to earn income. I guess I could drive a taxi in between job changes in the future, or after retirement, drive to pass the time and earn some income as well. With this licence, I can be a Private Hire Car Driver too.
There is information on the Land Transport Authority's (LTA's) website about how to apply for a TDVL. I followed the instructions and made an application online. I then had to wait for LTA's letter, which I need to bring along for my medical check-up. I did my medical check-up at SATA, and then went back two days later to collect the medical report.
Thereafter, I went to ComfortDelGro Taxi to sign up for the TDVL course. Part of the course fees can be paid for using my SkillsFuture credits. I signed up for the full-day course, which was on a Saturday and Sunday, from morning to late afternoon. They offered part-time courses that take place in the evenings, but I figured that it would be more time-saving to spend two full days over one weekend to complete the course. The course was interesting, and I had a better understanding about the pros and cons of being a taxi driver and a private hire car driver. I learnt how to be a safer driver too.
After completing the course, I had to return on another day for the exams. There were three exam papers with breaks in between the papers, and the three papers took up my time from morning till around 1pm. The exams were done electronically and you will know your results immediately after you completed each paper.
If you passed all the papers, you could obtain a temporary TDVL immediately. For me, I waited for the letter from LTA to collect my official TDVL, and then made an appointment to collect it from a SingPost branch near me.
I felt a sense of accomplishment when I collected my TDVL, and I'm glad that I decided to obtain this licence and learnt something in the process. A number of my classmates took up taxi driving, and some became private hire car drivers, and I wish them the very best in their new journey ahead!