Q1: When will the road test for small vehicle driving license be formally implemented?
A1: Directorate General of Highways, MOTC started to select some good driving schools to promote and run the pilot road test and the 2nd stage pilot road test was implemented from March 1st, 2016. The license test of “field test + road test” was formally implemented from May 1st, 2017.
Q2: Can the public choose new road test when they register license test at the motor vehicles office (station) or register group license test at driving schools?
A2: Please contact driving schools for the method of registration.
Q3: What is the purpose of promoting road test for small vehicle driving license?
A3: There are four main points for the promoting road test on small vehicle driving license:
1. Changing traffic environment.
2. It is expected to change nationals’ independent driving competence and confidence after obtaining the license as well as the general situation of afraid of driving on the road.
3. It is to make sure the driving license in our country in line with the international standards due to the current trend in the approach of “equality and mutual benefit” and “mutual recognition” on driving licenses taken by many countries in the world. The small vehicle driving license tests in most advanced countries carry out road test, like USA, Australia, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea. Germany, Portugal, and Austria decided to not offer us the treatment of driving license exchange because road test is not implemented for license test in our country.
4. It is expected to enhance overall road safety and correct bad driver’s behaviors, such as running the red light, forcibly crossing the railroad crossing, speeding, making a turn or changing lane without using turn signal, and failing to open the door in two-stage when getting out of the car. We hope to guide the teaching at driving schools through road test and correct bad driver’s behaviors.
Q4: What is the aim of promoting road test for small vehicle driving license?
A4: Considering actual road test is the common approach used by many countries in the world for automobile driving license test, and the current field test used in our country finds some drivers are still lack of the confidence of driving on the road after passing the test and obtaining the license. Directorate General of Highways, MOTC starts to introduce actual road test to the license test in stages from December 2011. From March 1st, 2016, road test has been included as one of the license test methods. Other than the current field test, Directorate General of Highways encourages the public choosing the actual road test.Road test includes current field test and driving on the actual road. According to the pilot tests, drivers who participate in road test are relatively more confident in driving on the actual road after obtaining the driving license.
Q5: What is the difference between new road test and current test for small vehicle driving license?
A5: There are two parts for new “field test + road test”.
1.Field test: The basic driving competence tests in the field test are still retained, such as reversing into a garage, parallel parking, driving forward and reversing on a s-shaped path, railroad crossing, gearshift stability test, and going up and down the ramp. In addition, checking before driving and actions before starting to drive are added in order to urge drivers develop good habit.
2.Road test: It is a test of driving on an actual road. The purpose is to make sure drivers follow traffic regulations and enhance driver’s defensive driving awareness. The subjects of test include intersection, zebra crossing, pulling over temporarily by the roadside, driving on the lane, changing lane, making a turn at a crossroad, making a U-turn, and compliance of traffic rules.