I suppose if you are at the chief or master level, you will have junior drivers under your wing whom you can supervise and mentor.
There is even a school for bus captains – they call it the Singapore Bus Academy which aims to provide structured training for bus captains.
What about Prime Mover drivers?
Prime mover drivers are categorised under heavy vehicle drivers.
Career development for prime mover drivers does not seem as fantastic.
While the pay is pretty decent, between $2,000 and $3,000 a month, not all companies offer basic pay.
For some drivers, they are paid on a per-trip basis.
A veteran union leader in the transport sector shared that the range of payment is based on whether the container is loaded or unloaded.
For empty containers, drivers are usually paid $5 to $10 per trip.
If containers are loaded, they can earn $15 to $25 per trip, depending on the size of the container (20 footer or 40 footer) and whether it is single mount (1 container) or double mount (2 containers).
On good days, drivers can make up to 5 trips a day depending on their journey.
Executive Secretary of National Transport Workers’ Union (NTWU), Melvin Yong, said in a recent Facebook post that they “will be working with tripartite partners to enhance the working conditions and career development of our drivers”.
In a blogpost published yesterday, Mr Yong noted a few suggestions to improve the lives of heavy vehicle drivers.
On solving the queuing issue
Stakeholders to review the queue systems at the yards to enhance effectiveness and efficiency
On addressing the summon issue
Call for leniency in issuing traffic summons to drivers
On alleviating parking challenges
Explore with authorities on the feasibility of designating parts of industrial areas for parking
Appeal for heavy vehicle lots to be allocated nearer to residential estates or MRT stations
On maintaining good health for workers
Authorities to work with yard management to arrange for cafeterias or mobile canteens to be placed nearer to yards (queuing cause them to have meals at irregular hours)
Appeal to logistics and supply chain companies to conduct annual health screenings for their drivers
On reviewing pay structure
Engage with management partners to explore possibility of having a fixed monthly pay element
Just thinking out loud, can NTWU also issue a handbook for heavy vehicle drivers?
The book could list all the heavy-vehicle parking spaces in Singapore and also tips for new drivers.