January 28, 2016 12:58
Driving tests are to get harder, the National Police Agency said Wednesday. The driving test is widely seen as too easy since the road test requires candidates to drive just 50 m after starting the engine.
Many Chinese people have taken advantage of the Korean driving test, which is much easier than in their own country so there are even tour packages for them to get their licenses here. The Korean driving license is recognized in most provinces in China.
The mandatory training hours will increase from two to four hours and test-takers will be required to drive over 300 m. The pool of questions used for the paper test will be expanded from 730 to 1,000. A minimum of six hours' training on the road will also be required.
The police plans to implement the revised rules as early as the end of this year. With the changes, the cost of driving lessons, now approximately W400,000, is expected to rise by W70,000-80,000 (US$1=W1,203).
"After the driving test was made easier in June 2011, the pass rate soared from 69.6 to 92.8 percent," a police spokesman said.
"We're going to evaluate comprehensive skills that drivers need on the road to ease concerns about road safety and the aptitude of drivers."
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