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 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 Licences) Regulations, Cap. 374B (the Regulations) 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 the Commissioner for Transport, and obtain a course certificate of the course before being issued with the PLB driving licence. (Note: This requirement does not apply to those who have already applied for the relevant driving test before the implementation date)

Introduction to the Pre-service Course for PLB Drivers

The Pre-service Course for PLB Drivers includes 6 modules delivered in 16 hours. Participants may complete the Pre-service Course in 2 full-days or 4 half-days but they shall complete the whole course in two months. Participants who have completed the course and passed its 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 delivered in 16 hours:
Module 1: PLB Operations
Module 2: Occupational Health
Module 3: Brief Introduction to PLB'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 : An applicant for the Pre-service Course shall be –
(i) a person who has applied to take a driving test in respect of PLBs, private light buses, public buses, private buses or franchised buses, or a test in respect of any combination of such types of vehicle;
(ii) a person who has passed a driving test in respect of PLBs, private light buses, public buses, private buses or franchised buses, or a test in respect of any combination of such types of vehicle;
(iii) a holder of a full driving licence to drive a PLB, private light bus, public bus, private bus or franchised bus; or
(iv) a person holding any other driving licence who has been permitted by the Commissioner for Transport in writing to take the course.

Q3 : How can a participant of the Pre-service Course obtain a course certificate?
A3 : A course certificate will only be issued to the participant by the designated Pre-service Training Schools for PLB Drivers if he/she has attended and completed all modules of the Pre-service Course and passed the course-end assessment. The participant shall also pay attention during the course and participate actively during in-class and group discussions.

Note: A participant who is late or absent for more than 15 minutes will be considered as not having completed the course.

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. According to the Regulations, all new applicants for a PLB driving licence are required to attend and complete the Pre-service Course before being issued with the PLB driving licence. 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 attended and completed all modules 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 assessment. In case any participants still fail to pass the assessment after retaking it twice, he or she will need to apply for and attend the Pre-service Course again.

Q5 : Is there a validity period for the course certificate? When should I apply for the Pre-service Course if I want to apply for the PLB driving licence?
A5 : The course certificate is valid for 1 year, counting from the date of completion of the course as specified in the certificate. Applicants for the PLB driving licence can attend the Pre-service Course before or after passing the relevant driving test. For applicants who have completed the Pre-service Course before passing the relevant driving test, they must pass the relevant driving test within the 1-year validity period of the course certificate so that they can be issued with the PLB driving licence. Otherwise, they have to attend and complete the Pre-service Course again.

Q6 : How much does the Pre-service Course cost? Is there any subsidy for the Pre-service Course?
A6 : The course fee for the Pre-service Course is currently capped at $1,500. The Pre-service Course is provided by Pre-service Training Schools designated by the Transport Department. Please refer to Q&A 10 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 may apply for course fee subsidy. For details, please visit the website of ERB (Chinese version only).

Q7 : I have passed the relevant driving test before the implementation date of mandatory attendance of the Pre-service Course (i.e. before 1 June 2015). If I apply for a PLB driving licence 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?
A7 : No. The Pre-service Course required under regulation 8A of the Road Traffic (Driving Licences) Regulations, Cap. 374B, does not apply to persons who passed the relevant driving test before the implementation date of the mandatory attendance of the Pre-service Course (i.e. before 1 June 2015). Therefore, you are not required to attend and complete the Pre-service Course in order to obtain a PLB driving licence.

Q8 : I have passed the light bus / bus driving test but have not completed 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?
A8 : With effect from 1 June 2015, if you pass the private / public bus (code 9, 10) driving test or private / public light bus (code 4, 5) driving test, and you want to apply for the full driving licence to drive a PLB (code 5) or for an endorsement of the relevant driving entitlement, you must present a valid course certificate issued by the pre-service training school concerned (with validity period of one year from the date of completion of the course as specified in the certificate) to prove that you have completed the Pre-service Course for PLB Drivers.

Otherwise, if you passed the private / public bus (code 9, 10) driving test, you are entitled to apply for a full driving licence to drive a private bus (code 9), public bus (code 10) and private light bus (code 4) only; and if you passed the private / public light bus (code 4, 5) driving test, you are entitled to apply for a full driving licence to drive a private light bus (code 4) only. After issue of the full driving licence to drive a private light bus (code 4) and completion of the above Pre-service Course, you can still apply for a full driving licence to drive a PLB (code 5) within the 1-year validity period of the course certificate.

Q9 : 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?
A9 : 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 licence are not required to attend the Pre-service Course according to the existing regulations. They can decide to attend the course on a need basis.

Q10 : Where could I enroll in the Pre-service Course?
A10 : 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 website of ERB (Chinese version only).
 
Q11 : When could I apply for a PLB (code 5) driving licence after completing the Pre-service Course?
A11 : After you have completed the Pre-service Course, the school needs to mark the course-end assessment paper and submit the result to the 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 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 Licences) Regulations (Cap. 374B).