The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) transport operators undergo extensive and rigorous training, leveraging on both simulation systems and practical sessions, in the driving circuit and on the road, to ensure that they are proficient in handling military vehicles in various terrains and operating conditions. They then undergo a stringent and rigorous driver testing regime before being certified as qualified transport operators. Thereafter, Full-Time National Servicemen (NSF) transport operators who have fulfilled the requisite driving mileage and safety standards will be awarded their Civilian Driving Licence (CDL).
In Apr 2016, the SAF incorporated the basic theory, final theory and practical driving tests from the Traffic Police driver testing curriculum to further enhance its driver testing regime. Past trends also indicated that the experience accumulated through clocking 4,000km of driving, coupled with continuous training and coaching, was sufficient to inculcate safe driving habits in transport operators and for them to be competent drivers. Consequently, the prerequisite driving mileage to qualify NSF transport operators for their CDL was revised from 7,000km to 4,000km.
With this change, up to 95% of the NSF transport operators are able to attain their Class 3 CDL, of which 7 out of 10 are also able to attain their Class 4 CDL.