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TAXIS AROUND THE WORLD: An overview on taxi licensing in Singapore

In Singapore, a busy city that requires a robust public transport system to function, the taxi industry plays a crucial role in complementing the network of buses and trains.

We take a look at the intricacies of taxi licensing, the number of taxi drivers and vehicles, and the distinctive appearance of Singapore's taxis.

Taxi Licensing in Singapore: A Structured Approach

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) of Singapore oversees the licensing and regulation of taxis. Just like in the UK, to operate a taxi, both the vehicle and the driver must be licensed. The LTA issues Taxi Driver's Vocational Licences (TDVL) to drivers who meet specific criteria, including passing medical tests and a vocational training course. This ensures that all taxi drivers in Singapore are qualified and knowledgeable about the city’s roads and regulations.

The taxi fleet in Singapore is diverse, comprising several major companies, each with its fleet of vehicles. These companies include ComfortDelGro, Trans-Cab, SMRT Taxis, and Premier Taxis, among others.

Singapore's taxis are easily recognisable due to their uniform appearance. Most taxis are painted in bright colors, with each company adopting a specific colour scheme. For instance, ComfortDelGro taxis are predominantly blue, while SMRT taxis are predominantly red. These colours make them easily identifiable to passengers. Additionally, all taxis in Singapore are required to display the taxi company’s logo and have a 'Taxi' sign on the roof.

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