Taiwan to introduce stricter driver's license test May 1

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(CNA file photo)

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Taipei, April 29 (CNA) Applicants hoping to get a driver's license in Taiwan will be required to pass a road test, in addition to a written test and an off-road test, with effect from May 1.

Currently, applicants for license to drive light vehicles are required to pass only a written test and a simulated road test at a closed off-road course.

Beginning May 1, however, they will have to take a road test as well and score at least 85 on the written exam and 70 on both the road and off-road tests.

The new rules also emphasize safe driving habits, requiring applicants to check their surroundings, tires and the underside of their vehicles cars before going on the road.

Applicants will have to visually check to see if there is anyone or any other vehicles behind them before moving off, according to the new license regulations.

Failure to follow any of the rules will result in the loss of 32 points, which means that the applicant will fail the test.

Under the new rules, applicants who failed to buckle their seat belts, turn on the vehicle indicators before changing lanes or making a turn, or open their car doors properly on entry and exit of the vehicles will also be docked 32 points for each of those violations.

The road test has been in place since March last year on an experimental basis but will become mandatory from May.

The Directorate General of Highways said Saturday that driving on road markings, which results in a loss of 32 points, has been the most common mistake made by applicants in the road test since March.

The second most common mistake has been failure to properly open car doors, and the third has been failure to signal when turning, it said.

(By Christie Chen and Yu Hsiao-han)
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