TDVE – what does it mean?

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In this new monthly column, afpop, Portugal’s largest foreign residents’ association, aims to answer some of the most frequently-asked questions by members.

Question: I’ve started seeing the letters TDVE on some vehicles – what does that mean?

afpop answers: TDVE is the abbreviation for “Transporte individual e remunerado De passageiros em Veículos descaracterizados a partir de plataforma Eletrónica” (individual and paid passenger transport of vehicles demarcated from an electronic platform), which basically means that they are private carriers we are becoming familiar with, such as Uber, Cabify or Kapten (amongst others).

To obtain a TVDE licence, a driver must have held a driving licence for more than three years and must complete a compulsory training course of at least 50 hours.

After completing the course (which is valid for five years), drivers must apply to the Institute for Mobility and Transport (IMT) for a TDVE driver’s certificate.

Their vehicles must also comply with some specific; for example, they must have national registration, have a maximum capacity of nine seats and be not more than seven years old.

Also, from March 1, it was decreed that each driver could not drive for more than 10 hours a day, something that was not regulated until then, with many drivers working for 12-hour shifts.

According to the law approved in November 2018, the identifying signs with this acronym must be placed in a removable and visible form, on the right side of the front screen and on the left side of the rear window, without impairing the driver’s visibility. According to the IMT, there are at present more than 6,900 drivers qualified to provide this type of services, with around 200 applications under analysis.

For more information about the benefits of membership of afpop, the largest association for foreign residents in Portugal, you can visit their website, email them direct on [email protected] or call the afpop office on 282 458 509 or 938 252 100. Please remember to quote the Algarve Resident when contacting them.