Introduction

Pre-service Course for Public Light Bus (PLB) Drivers is designed to enhance the safety and service quality of PLB. Through the introduction of the Pre-service course, it is expected that the new PLB drivers could be equipped with basic knowledge and skills on PLB service to improve their driving attitude, and hence the safety and quality of PLB service could be improved as a whole.
  

Implementation Date of Attendance of the Pre-service Course for PLB Drivers

1 June 2015
  

Target Participants of Attendance of the Pre-service Course for PLB Drivers

For improving the driving attitude of drivers, and safety and service quality of PLB, the Road Traffic Ordinance, Cap 374 and the Road Traffic (Driving Licence) Regulations, Cap 374B were amended to require applicants for a PLB driving licence on or after 1 June 2015 to attend and complete a Pre-service Course for PLB Drivers, which is specified and approved by Commissioner for Transport, before being issued of the PLB driving licence. (Note: These Regulations do not apply to those who have already applied for the relevant driving test before the implementation date)
  

Content of the Pre-service Course for PLB Drivers

The Pre-service Course for PLB Drivers includes 6 modules, 16 hours in total. Participants have to complete the Pre-service Course in not less than 2 separate days or not more than 4 half days. Participants who have completed the course and passed the course-end assessment will obtain a course certificate issued by the designated Pre-service Training Schools for PLB Drivers.
  

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1 : What is the content of the Pre-service Course for PLB Drivers?
A1 : The Pre-service Course for PLB Drivers (the Pre-service Course) includes 6 modules, 16 hours in total:

Module 1: Public Light Bus Operations
Module 2: Occupational Health
Module 3: Brief Introduction to Public Light Bus’s Body & Structure
Module 4: Safe Driving & Road Safety
Module 5: Major Contributing Factors for Traffic Accidents & Handling Emergencies
Module 6: Customer Services & Handling Passenger Complaint
  

Q2 : Is there any requirement to apply for the Pre-service Course?
A2 : The Pre-service Course is provided by the Pre-service Training School –

(i) to a person who has applied to take a driving test in respect of public light buses, private light buses, public buses, private buses or franchised buses, or a test in respect of any combination of such types of vehicle; or
(ii) to a person who has passed a driving test in respect of public light buses, private light buses, public buses, private buses or franchised buses, or a test in respect of any combination of such types of vehicle; or
(iii) to a holder of a full driving licence to drive a public light bus, private light bus, public bus, private bus or franchised bus; or
(iv) to a person holding any other driving licence who has been permitted by the Commissioner in writing to take the course
  

Q3 : How can a participant of the Pre-service Course obtain a course certificate?
A3 : Course certificate will be issued to the participants by the designated Pre-service Training Schools for PLB Drivers if they have completed the 6 modules of the Pre-service Course with 100% attendance and passed the course-end assessment.
  
Q4 : How is the Pre-service Course conducted? Can I only take the course-end assessment without attending the course? How is the assessment carried out and what is the passing mark?
A4 : The Pre-service Course is conducted by lectures on knowledge and practical skills of PLB operation. Interactive learning and discussions are encouraged among participants. Course-end assessment will be conducted to ensure that the participants have acquired the basic knowledge and skills on provision of PLB service. According to the regulations, all applicants for a PLB driving licence on or after 1 June 2015 are required to attend and complete a Pre-service Course before being issued of the PLB driving licence (Note: These regulations do not apply to those who have already applied for the relevant driving test before the implementation date). Hence, participants cannot take the course-end assessment without completing the course.

The course-end assessment is conducted during the last 30 minutes of the Pre-service Course. Participants are required to answer 25 multiple-choice questions on course contents of all 6 modules. Those who answer 15 questions (i.e. 60%) or above correctly will pass the assessment. Only participants who have completed the Pre-service Course with 100% attendance can take the assessment.

Participants who have failed in the course-end assessment will be provided two chances free-of-charge to re-take the test. In case any participants still fail in the test, he or she will need to apply and attend the Pre-service Course again.
  

Q5 : Is there a validity period for the Pre-service Course certificate?
A5 : The Pre-service Course certificate is valid for 1 year, from the issue date of the certificate. Applicants for the PLB driving licence can attend the Pre-service Course after passing the PLB driving test. For applicants who have attended the Pre-service Course before taking the PLB driving test, they must pass the PLB driving test within 1 year after the issue of the course certificate so that they can fulfill the criteria for issuance of the PLB driving licence.
  
Q6 : If I want to apply for a PLB (code 5) driving licence, when should I apply for a Pre-service Course?
A6 : According to the legislation, starting from 1 June 2015, applicants for a PLB driving licence are required to pass the PLB road test and attend and complete a Pre-service Course for PLB Drivers in order to obtain a PLB driving licence. Hence, if you want to apply for a PLB driving licence on or after 1 June 2015, you should first apply for and purchase test form at the Transport Department. Then, you can consider when to apply for the Pre-service Course according to your own schedule.

Please note that since the Pre-service Course certificate is valid for 1 year only, if course participants decide to attend the course before passing the PLB road test, they should consider whether they have sufficient time for learning driving and passing the PLB road test after they have completed the pre-service course.
  

Q7 : How much is the Pre-service Course fee? Is there any subsidy for the Pre-service Course?
A7 : The course fee for the Pre-service Course is capped at $1,500 by the Transport Department. The Pre-service Course is offered by Pre-service Training Schools designated by the Transport Department. Please refer to Q&A 11 of this page for details of the Pre-service Training Schools. The Employees Retraining Board (ERB) also offers the Pre-service Course under its Skills Upgrading Scheme Plus. Eligible applicants with low income may apply for course fee subsidy. For details, please visit the web site of ERB (Chinese version only).
  
Q8 : I have passed the PLB driving test before the implementation date of mandatory attendance of the Pre-service Course (i.e. before 1 June 2015) but I apply for a PLB driving licence at the Transport Department Licensing Office on or after 1 June 2015. Do I need to attend and complete the Pre-service Course in order to obtain a PLB driving licence?
A8 : No. According to the new regulation 8A of the Road Traffic (Driving Licences) Regulations, Cap 374B, if you have applied for the PLB driving test before the implementation date of the mandatory attendance of the Pre-service Course (i.e. before 1 June 2015), you are not required to attend and complete the Pre-service Course in order to obtain a PLB driving licence. Certainly, you must apply for a PLB driving licence at the Transport Department Licensing Offices within 3 years after passing your PLB driving test.
  
Q9 : I have passed the bus driving test but did not complete the Pre-service Course, am I entitled to apply for a PLB (code 5) driving licence? Can I apply for a PLB driving licence after having completed the Pre-service Course later?
A9 : With effect from 1 June 2015, if you have passed the PLB (code 5) driving test but yet to complete the Pre-service Course for PLB Drivers as approved by the Transport Department and obtain the course certificate issued by the Pre-service Training School concerned, you are entitled to apply for a private light bus (code 4) driving licence only. Similarly, if you have passed the public bus (code 10) driving test but yet to complete the Pre-service Course and obtain the course certificate, you are entitled to apply for the driving licence of private / public bus (code 9, 10) and private light bus (code 4) only.

Having completed the Pre-service Course and obtained the course certificate, you can apply for a PLB (code 5) driving licence after 7 working days from the date that you passed your private / public bus (code 9, 10) or private light bus / PLB (code 4, 5) driving test and within the validity period of the course certificate. The course certificate is valid for 1 year from the date of completion of the Pre-service Course.
  

Q10 : I am a holder of PLB (code 5) driving licence but not an incumbent PLB driver. Do I need to attend and complete the Pre-service Course if I am going to work as a PLB driver in the future?
A10 : The Pre-service Course is introduced by the Transport Department to provide training to applicants of PLB driving licence in order to equip them with basic knowledge and skills on PLB service before they work as PLB drivers, with a view to improving the safety and quality of PLB service. Existing holders of PLB driving licenses are not required to attend the Pre-service Course according to the existing regulation. They can decide to attend the course on a need basis.
  
Q11 : Where could I enroll in the Pre-service Course?
A11 : You may register with any one of the Pre-service Training Schools for enrollment for the Pre-service Course. Details of the Pre-service Training Schools as follows: 
  
   

 Name of School

 Address of School

 Enquiry Hotline

 Way of Application

The Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions Occupational Retraining Centre Limited 3/F, Fok Sing Building,
234-238 Shau Kei Wan Road,
Sai Wan Ho, HK.
2568 8922 Call enquiry hotline or
visit the School or other centres of the School for application
The Hong Kong School of Motoring Limited No. 138, Sha Tin Wai Road,
Siu Lek Yuen, Shatin, NT.
2384 8301

Call enquiry hotline or
visit the School for application

http://www.hksm.com.hk

Lee Kin Driving School Limited Unit 1704, 17/F, Nan Fung Centre,
264-298 Castle Peak Road,
Tsuen Wan, NT.
2390 0700
2577 9921
2691 5757

Call enquiry hotline or
visit the School for application

http://www.leekin.com.hk

The Good Luck Motoring School Limited Room H, 5/F, Cheong Ming Building,
86 Argyle Street, Mongkok, Kln.
2392 8700

Call enquiry hotline or
visit the shop at Room F, 2/F, Cheong Ming Building, 86 Argyle Street, Mongkok, Kln. for application

Hung Chun Driving School Limited Office B, 1/F, Po Hong Building,
37 Po Heung Street, Tai Po, NT.
2341 1322
2638 8300
Call enquiry hotline or
visit branches of the School for application
Tak On Driving School Limited Shop 2013, 2/F, United Centre,
95 Queensway, Admiralty, HK.
2550 0227 Call enquiry hotline or
visit branches of the School for application

Note: The Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions offers the Pre-service Course for PLB Drivers under the Skills Upgrading Scheme Plus of the Employees Retraining Board (ERB). Eligible applicants may apply for course fee subsidy. For details, please visit the web site of ERB (Chinese version only).

 
Q12 : When could I apply for a public light bus (PLB, code 5) driving licence after completing the Pre-service Course?
A12 : After you complete the Pre-service course, the school needs to mark the course-end assessment paper and submit the result to Transport Department (TD)for processing. You may submit your application for PLB driving licence to any Licensing Offices of TD at least 5 working days after the School issues the Pre-service Course Certificate to you. For details of the timing, please consult the school that you took the Pre-service course. 
  
 

Enquiries

Enquiries may be directed to the Transport Department hotline at 2804 2600.

The above is a general guide. The relevant legislation is set out in the Road Traffic Ordinance (Cap. 374) and the Road Traffic (Driving Licence) Regulations (Cap 374B).