Dear A.S.S. Editor
Not sure if everyone knows this, but LTA has barred applicants for obtaining the Private Hire Car Driver’s Vocational Licence (PDVL) for life, if anyone of the applicants were found to have been convicted of extremely serious offences, such as rape, murder or kidnapping.
LTA reiterated that getting the PDVL is serious business, and they considers the nature of the offences committed by former convicts when assessing their applications to become a private-hire car driver. “This is done out of concern for the safety of passengers,” an LTA statement said. Those who committed less serious offences like housebreaking and cheating are barred for “a few years” from the date of conviction, after which their applications will be considered if they have reformed and not gone back to crime.
The LTA did not specify the number of years they are barred from getting the PDVL. Offences that do not pose any danger to the physical safety of the public, such as forgery, do not attract any debarment. As for drug related offences, the LTA will consider the applications on a case by case basis.