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Grab is proof that custom-tailored and localized service is a better option than any global setup. With additional fintech solutions and food delivery services, Grab leads in downloads and users, despite a new contender, GoJek. 

With the popularity of their services, it comes to no surprise that many drivers are interested in driving for Grab. But, how do you become a Grab car driver?

Requirements of a Grab Car Driver

grab car driver holding smartphone with grab driver app

The basic requirements to be a Grab Driver are pretty strict and there’s not much wiggle room around them. First of all, you must be at least 21 years old with at least 2 years of driving experience. And of course, you need to be a Singaporean or Permanent Resident (PR) with a valid Class 3 driving license. For PR, it’s stated that you must be employed by a limousine company.

If you meet these requirements, you’ll be able to qualify. However, there’s also an additional step you need to take – applying for a Private Hire Car Driver’s Vocational License (PDVL).

Private Hire Car Driver’s Vocational License (PDVL)

Although it doesn’t sound like much, getting your PDVL is a lot tougher than you think. It’s so difficult that even seasoned drivers with over 20 years experience have failed the test.

Land Transport Authority (LTA) introduced the PDVL in 2017 to ensure that every driver is properly licensed and qualified to drive for private hire services. The license is similar to the Taxi Driver’s Vocational License(TDVL), so drivers with TDVL need not apply for PDVL.

The process of getting your PDVL consists of an 8-hour long training course and two test papers at the end of the training. You are also required to pass a medical examination before being awarded the PDVL.

Read more about it here.

“NOW THAT I’VE MET ALL THE REQUIREMENTS, WHAT NEXT?”

1. GET A CAR

As we all know, getting your basic work tool is not the easiest thing in Singapore. Grab makes it easier now with GrabRentals for those who need to rent a car. Through this programme, you’ll also get to be part of their GRBeyond Loyalty Program, which offers additional incentives. However, opting for this prohibits you from driving for any other private hire company.

grab car in a parking lot

You can also drive your own car, instead of renting one. This is a good choice for those who own a car and do not wish to limit themselves to just one private hire company. It’s also a smarter choice because you won’t be eating into your earnings every day just to pay for the rental.

In order to provide private hire services, you’ll need to convert your vehicle’s registration to a Z10/Z11 classification. Additionally, your car needs to have 4 doors and seats 4 passengers or more. 

However, with Singapore’s expensive automotive climate, owning a car is not an accessible solution. But there are alternatives, like Singapore’s Only 1 Year Lease to Own scheme, where you can drive home a brand new car with 0% downpayment.

2. GET A COMMERCIAL INSURANCE

Getting commercial insurance for your car is a must if you want to do private hire services. This is to protect you and your passengers in case of any unforeseen circumstances.

3. REGISTRATION

Ready to set up a Grab Driver account? Make sure you have these documents ready:

  • Valid Class 3/3A driver’s license
  • NRIC
  • Vehicle Logcard (Z10/Z11)
  • Bank information including name, account number and branch code
  • Commercial insurance certificate
  • Taxi and Private Hire Car Driver’s Vocational License (TPDVL) / Private Hire Car Driver’s Vocational License (PDVL)

You can head down to the Grab office at 28 Sin Ming Lane, #01-143 Midview City to set up the account. Account set-up is free-of-charge.

4. GRAB DRIVER APP TRAINING

Once your account is set up, you will need to complete your Grab Driver App training. The app is available on both Android and iOS. Through the training, you will learn how the Grab Driver App works and how you can start your Grab-driving journey.

1-YEAR LTO SCHEME FOR PRIVATE HIRE DRIVERS

CARRO now offers Singapore’s only 1-year Lease to Own (LTO) scheme where private hire drivers can enjoy driving a brand new car with 0% downpayment.

On top of that, you’ll also be able to save $900 more on your rental each month when you switch from renting a car to owning one with us!

Here’s how it works:

  • Rent a car with us to drive for Grab/Gojek at the normal rate of $65 – $100/day (depending on the car) for the 1st year.
  • From the 2nd year onwards, the ownership will be transferred to you and you will enjoy a rate of just $31 – $47/day.

So after just 1 year, you’ll be a proud car owner! So why rent, when you can own?

Need more reasons to rent from Carro?

  1. Receive $3,650 cash rebate after first-year completion
  2. Shortest Lease to Own scheme in Singapore
  3. A wide selection of Hybrid cars
  4. Freedom to choose the colour of your liking
  5. Earn more for yourself when you pay less with Carro

Learn more about the LTO scheme and check out what other drivers think of it below.

If you need any assistance, call/WhatsApp/SMS to 9247 1839 (Melody) or visit our Carousell page today!

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