Dating from official operation of HSR in 2007, MOTC has conducted 19 National HSR driver's examinations in which 170 drivers have qualified and been certified. Currently, there are 144 drivers still providing driving service.
Taiwan HSR is a privately owned railway service in which its drivers must retrieve certification from MOTC examination according to Railway Law clause 34-1. In addition, according to "Regulation for Examination, Certificate and Management to Drivers of Privately Owned Railways" and "Regulation for Capability Examination and Physical Examination for Railway Operation Staff", new employed HSR driver applicants must complete at least 1000 hours training, qualify internal skills examination and pass physical examination and adaptive examination prior to application of the National HSR Driver's Examination.
The HSR driver's exam includes academic and technical subjects in which the applicant must pass the academic exam and then participate in the technical exam. Academic subjects include Railway Introduction, Signals and Routes, Rolling Stock, Inspection and Maintenance, Operation Regulations, Operating Theories, Railway Mechanisms and Operation Safety. There are total of 8 academic subjects and the qualification score is 80. Technical subjects include Speed Observation, Operation of Machines and Brakes, Operation of other Machines, Punctuahty and Handling of Emergency. There are total of 5 technical subjects and the qualification score is 70. After passing both academic and technical subjects, MOTC will then issue the drive's license with an effective period of 5 years. For those who did not pass the exam, the applicant can re-apply after 30 days.
For the licensed HSR drivers, they still have to take the physical examination annually in accordance with "Regulation for Capabitity Examination and Physical Examination for Railway Operation Staff". Additionally, THSRC should request its drivers to take internal skill examination at least once every 3 years and suspend or transfer the driver if one did not qualify this internal examination. During MOTC annual inspections, the physical examination and internal skill examination records will be inspected. In order to supervise THSRC on the operational staff management and operational safety implemented by THSRC.