Singapore to introduce mandatory driving tests for expats

Published:  18 Sep at 6 PM
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Singapore’s driving rules and regulations are due for an overhaul, with new laws due to take effect from June 2015.

Mandatory driving tests will be introduced for all foreign workers whose job includes driving commercial vehicles, and the tests will be backed up by a basic theory exam. Employees holding work permits or the Singapore S-Pass will be subject to both tests, according to the Road Traffic Bill Amendment passed last week, with conversion of home country licenses no longer allowed.

The new driving test rules will apply to foreign drivers of small buses and vans weighing less than 2,500 kg. The driving test requirement is not expected to include expat drivers of cars, although an application for the newly-introduced 3C class driving license is required and will include the basic theory test.

From February 2015, mobile phone usage while driving will become illegal although no specifics have yet been issued as regards hands-free kits, and driving tests must be taken within six months of receiving work permits. According to Singapore’s Senior Minister for State, Masagos Zulkifli, the new driving test will only be applied to foreign vocational drivers, and are aimed at ensuring expat drivers' competency on the city-state’s roads.
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