Taxi Drivers are required to participate in a training programme and pass the test leading to the Taxi Driver and Area Knowledge Certificate. This requirement is in line with the Taxi Services Regulations (S.L. 499.59) and is one of the pre-requisites for an applicant to be considered for the issue of a taxi driver permit.
The TDAKC requirement for Taxi drivers is primarily aimed at improving road safety, improving the skills of taxi drivers leading to an improvement in the professional image of industry, whilst at the same time improving environmental performance. The training leading to this certificate covers four main subjects and should be not less than 46 hours:
1. Vehicle characteristics and safety features
2. Safety of drivers, passengers and other road users;
3. Routes and destinations;
4. Customer focus
The programme involves 2 parts:
a. The initial qualificationwhich requires the applicant to attend a Taxi Driver training course carried out by an Approved Taxi Driver Training Provider, and to pass theoretical and practical tests. This is not necessary for drivers who, before the 1st of November, are authorized to drive taxis, and who have been issued a Taxi drivers tag by the Authority
b. Periodic training - every five years
Drivers who, by the 1st of November 2010, were already authorised by the Authority to drive taxis and held a tag in terms of regulation 131 of the Motor Vehicles Regulations, do not require the TDAKC in order to obtain a Taxi Driver Permit issued in terms of the Taxi Services Regulations, 2010, and therefore are not required to undergo the training and testing for the initial qualification.
Drivers holding a certificate of professional competence (CPC) issued in terms of the Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) Regulations for passenger transport, shall also not be required to attend the training and sit for the written or oral examination, but shall still be required to sit for the practical examination mentioned above and described in Module 2 of Section B.
Drivers shall be issued a TDAKC once they submit proof that they have undertook the required training and passed the Theoretical and Practical tests set by Transport Malta. Along with the TDAKC, and subject to good conduct requirements stipulated in the Regulations, Transport Malta will also provide the successful applicants with a Taxi Drivers Permit which shall be valid for five years. The actual Drivers Permit consists of an Information Code 103 marked on the driving license of the driver, indicating that the driver is permitted to drive a taxi.
Periodic Training is designed to confirm and expand on the existing knowledge, understanding and skills of each driver to ensure that they continue to be confident, safe and fuel efficient drivers. It also enables drivers to keep up to date with ever changing regulations and technology.
All taxi drivers must undergo compulsory periodic training of 25 hours with approved Training Providers every five years to retain their Taxi Driver Permit.
Drivers who, by the 1st of November 2010, were authorised by the Authority to drive taxis and held a tag in terms of regulation 131 of the Motor Vehicles Regulations must undergo this periodic training before the 31st October 2015.
The Taxi Service Regulations require that drivers of Wheelchair Accessible Taxis receive special training on the use of such vehicles and the related peripheral equipment free of charge. The content of such training is detailed in part 6 of Section E of these guidelines. The cost of such training may be financed by Transport Malta.