With effect on 1st June 2014, Work Permit and S-Pass permit holders who have foreign driving licenses and want to convert to a Singapore Class 3 license (including light goods vehicles and small buses) will have to clear and pass the Class 3 Practical Driving Test (PDT) and the Basic Theory Test. This is to ensure that all these drivers are familiar with driving on Singapore roads.
Singapore New Class 3C Licence
At the same time, Traffic Police Singapore has introduced a new Class 3C license as of 1st June 2014. this Class 3C license will aloow the holder to drive all Class 3 vehicles except for light goods vehicles, mini vans and small buses. For this Class 3C licence, drivers will only need to pass the Basic Theory Test to convert their foreign driving license to the Singapore Class 3C licence.
Singapore New Class 3CA Licence
The Class 3CA licence is also newly introduced to new drivers who only want to drive automated Class 3C vehicles.
So overall in summary:
[box type=”info”]Class 3 Licence holders in Singapore are allowed to drive motor vehicles constructed and adapted to carr not more than 7 passengers (excluding the driver) and an unladen weight not more than 3,000 kilograms. Class 3 Licence holders can also drive and operate motor tractors and other motor vehicles with an unladen weight of not more than 2,500 kilgrams. Types of vehicles allowed include motor cars, light goods vehicles, small buses and mini vans. [/box]
[box type=”info”] Class 3C licence holders in Singapore are allowed to drive motor cars constructed and adapted to carr not more than 7 passengers (excluding the driver) and an unladen weight not more than 3,000 kilograms only. [/box]
[box type=”info”] Class 3CA licence holders in Singapore are allowed to drive AUTOMATED motor cars constructed and adapted to carr not more than 7 passengers (excluding the driver) and an unladen weight not more than 3,000 kilograms only. [/box]
Practical Driving Test Singapore
Driving Centres / Driving Schools
You have 3 options in Singapore:
Bukit Batok Driving Centre (BBDC)
815 Bukit Batok West Ave 5
ComfortDelGro Driving Centre Pte Ltd
205 Ubi Ave 4
Singapore Safety Driving Centre (SSDC)
2 Woodlands Industrial Park E4
Private Driving Instructors
When it comes to your practical driving, you have the choices of opting for school driving instructors or private driving instructors.
A main reason why most people choose private driving instructors is the cost factor.
You can be paying as low as SGD$45 per 90 minutes session with a private driving instructor. And with the same driving instructor (private), you get better pointers in terms of correcting your bad driving habits, which in turn increases your chances of passing.
Final Theory Test (FTT) Singapore
The Final Theory Test is really a lot tricker than the Basic Theory Test in the sense that you will be expected to know how a manual car work (clutch, brakes and accelerator) together with the different gears.
Even if you are going for the auto car license (Class 3A), you have to clear the same Final Theory Test taken by Class 3 students (Manual and Auto).
Passing your Basic Theory Test is the first step in getting your driving license in Singapore.
Specifically we are referring to motor cars Class 3 / 3A licenses.
Whether you are going for Manual or Auto (Class 3 / 3A licenses), the Basic Theory Test (Exam) is held in various CDC driving schools.
Note: You can sign up as a school student for your basic theory test at CDC even if you intend to work with private driving instructors later. In fact we recommend you to sign up with the school when you are preparing for your Basic Theory Test.
As a student, you can take more mock (simulated) basic theory test tests 2-3 hours before the actual exam. This will greatly help you in clearing your Basic Theory Test.
Everyone hopes to pass their TP test at their first attempt so that they do not have to re-take the test and spend more money. There are some instances where people failed their Traffic Police Test for more than 10 times and this could vastly affect their morale and determination.
For every case where students passed their TP Practical Driving Test at their first attempt, there are common traits that they possessed.
1) They are better in muti-tasking such as controlling the vehicle and at the same time, monitoring the road traffic.
2) They are calm during panic situations.
3) They have better situation awareness.
Top 10 Common Mistakes Made
1) Strike/mount kerb during the circuit course
2) Fail to check blind spot
3) Steer the steering wheel when vehicle is stationery
4) Change lane abruptly
5) Making sharp and wide turn
6) Speed too slow
7) Veer off course
8) Fail to slow down when approaching road hazards
9) Not able to confirm safety
10) Passing the traffic lights during amber lights or blinking green arrow
The mistakes mentioned above are the most common mistakes that made by students during Traffic Police Test. Also, these are the mistakes that caused many students to fail during their first attempt.
The reason students are committing the top 10 common mistakes is because their instructors did not mention to their students. When students made these mistakes during these normal practical lessons and no one voiced out to them, it became a bad habit.
Tips for passing their TP Practical Driving Test
When students entered the stationary car for TP Practical driving test, the first few things they should take note are:
1) Adjust their seats to their own comfort level.
2) Fasten their seat belts.
3) Adjust the rear mirror so that they are able to monitor the traffic behind.
4) Adjust the side mirrors so that they are able to see both sides of the traffic when changing lanes.
5) Before moving off, check your surroundings to ensure you are safe to drive off.
6) Always remember to signal before changing to the lane you want so that it serves as a signal to other drivers about your intention.
7) Follow the tester’s instructions clearly and carefully. Do not try to do things according to your own will.
A lot of students fail their Traffic Police test in the circuit course itself due to anxiety and the tremendous pressure faced. Students are well prepared in driving the courses in the circuit before they booked their TP test. The reason they fail because they are nervous and always focusing on the outcome of the test. Students are adviced to calm down and take the test as if they are driving normally during their practical lessons.
Assigned Test Route
School/private driving instructors have brought their students to familarize all the test routes that will be tested during the Traffic Police Test. Students who fail because of the accumulated “small” mistakes they made which exceeds 20 points.
Students should spend a few revision practical driving lessons with their instructions few days before they take the practical test so that instructors could pinpoint all the bad habits they have and ensure that they do not commit the same mistake again during TP test. After the revision lessons with their instructors, it is best to record down into a notebook and remind yourself not to make the same mistakes again.
Details of the Traffic Police Test
1) On the test date itself, students will be gathered in a room for briefing.
2) Students will be allocated to their assigned test route (random).
3) Tester will bring them to their assigned car for students enrolled in driving schools, while private students will be using their private car for the test.
4) There are 2 sections tested in Traffic Police Test.
a) Circuit Course in driving schools (Misc, directional change, parallel parking, vertical parking, crank course and the S-course).
b) Test route assigned to students. Each student will be assigned different route.
5) After the Traffic Police test, students will be gathered in the same room, waiting for their results to be out.
In order to have a higher success rate in passing your Final Theory Test, driving schools do provide training theory sessions for it so that students are able to know the test format and what types of questions they will be expecting in Final Theory Test.
Before going for the theory training sessions, students are encouraged to read through the Final Theory Test book that is given to them on the start of their enrollment or they can purchase it in any bookstores. During the theory training sessions, students should attempt as many questions as possible because those questions will be the appearing in the Final Theory Test.
** Students are encouraged to go for their theory training sessions before they go for their Final Theory Test. Once you have constantly passed the theory test in the theory training sessions, you have equipped yourself with the required knowledge and ready to go for the Final Theory Test!
Details of the Basic Theory Test:
– Passing score for BTT is 90%(45 qns.) with 50 mutiple choice questions.
– The duration of the test is 50 minutes.
– Language available is English, Chinese, Malay or Tamil.
Before you can take your basic theory test, you have to register your name under any of the driving schools even if you are planning to go for private instructor driving course.
The reason is because all students including private students are compulsory to take their Basic Theory Test (BTT) in any of the driving schools in Singapore.
Booking the date of Basic Theory Test (BTT) will have to be done in driving schools using their computers.
Driving schools do provide theory training for Basic Theory Test (BTT). Students will be going through many different sets of mutiple choice questions during theory training session. During the duration of the time, they are required to do as many sets of questions as possible because those questions will be the questions for Basic Theory Test (50 mutiple choice questions).
However, all students are adviced to read through the Basic Theory Book that is given to them when they enrolled into the driving school or they can purchase it in any bookstores. In this way, students will be well prepared before they go for the theory training sessions and are able to make full use of the time to finish as many sets of mutiple questions.
**Students are advised to go for at least 2 training sessions in order to have a higher success rate of passing the test.
Details of the Basic Theory Test:
– Passing score for BTT is 90%(45 qns.) with 50 mutiple
– The duration of the test is 50 minutes.
– Language available is English, Chinese, Malay or Tamil.
Comparison between driving schools and private driving instructors
“A driver licence (or driving licence) is required in Singapore before a person is allowed to drive a motor vehicle of any description on a road in the country. Like many other countries in the world, an individual must possess a valid driving licence before being permitted to drive on the road, and driving licence holders are subject to all traffic rules.
The minimum age to drive a motor vehicle and getting a Qualified Driving Licence (QDL) in Singapore is 18 years old. The driving licence is for the normal lifespan of a person and can be surrendered upon request to Traffic Police. For those who accumulated 12 demerit points and above, the licence will have an early termination.” – quoted from Wikipedia.
To those who are planning to get their driving license in Singapore, here are some tips by comparing between driving schools and private driving instructors.
1) Driving Instructors: For those who are planning to get a driving license in school, their driving instructors change frequently for every driving sessions. Therefore, driving instructors are not able to constantly keep track of the progress of the students. The only way to keep track of a student’s progress is by monitoring a student’s checklist to identify which lessons he has completed.
For those who are planning to get a driving license from private driving instructors, the students always stick to only one private instructor and hence, the private instructor is able to monitor closely the progress of the student’s driving skills.
For every practical lesson taken in driving schools, the average pricing is S$70-$80 (inclusive of GST) for 100 minutes off-peak and peak hour lesson. For every practical lesson taken with private instructors, the average pricing is S$28-34 dollars per hour for 60 minutes off-peak and peak hour lesson.
A fast learner student will take 15-19 lessons to complete the whole driving course. So, if we compare the pricing for each driving lesson between schools and private instructors, the difference is $20-$30 if we change the private driving lesson to 100 minutes and adjust the cost accordingly in order to get a better results for comparison. A fast learner student who enrolled in driving school will spend approximately $1,050- $1,520 on practical lessons only, and that excludes enrollment fee, BTT & FTT fees and booking of Traffic Police (TP) date etc, while the private student will spend approximately $705- $1,083. The total savings for private students taking driving lessons with private instructor will be estimately $437. Therefore, driving lesson with private instructors will be more cost saving.
The total driving fee for students enrolled in school will be $1,500- $2,000 assuming that they passed their Traffic Police test at their first attempt.
The total driving fee for private students with private instructors will be approximately $1,100 – $1,400.
An average student will take 20-24 lessons to complete the entire practical driving course. We are going to do a simple yet detailed calculation for students who are taking schools and private instructors. As mentioned above, the difference between one lesson’s pricing between driving schools and private instructors is $20-$30. The total savings for private students taking driving lessons with private instructor is from ($400 – $720.)
The total amount spent on getting a license for students enrolled in school will be $1,900 -$ 2,400 assuming that they passed their Traffic Police test at their first attempt.
The total amount spent on getting a license for private students with private instructors will be approximately $1,400 – $1,900
Students who took 25 lessons and above, the total driving fee for school students will be above $2,400.
Total amount spent by the private students on getting the car license will be above $1,900.
Students enrolled in school will be driving different cars of the same brand. Hence, each car has different braking and accelerating system for students taking auto license, while students taking manual license, they will experience different type of feels in stepping on the clutch, brake and accelerator when driving different cars for every driving lesson.
Students will be more familiar with the instructor’s car when going for Traffic Police test because they drive the same type of car throughout the start of their first practical lessons.
4) Booking of Traffic Police test.
Students from school will have to complete their entire practical lessons before they can register for their TP date. The reason is every school wants to ensure that their students are well prepared before they book for their TP test. Most importantly, students from their school have the priority over private students to book earlier TP test date.
Private students can request their private instructors to book their TP test date before they complete the entire practical lessons only when the private instructors feel that you are progressing well with your driving techniques.
In conclusion, there are pros and cons in taking car license from driving schools and private driving instructors.