Ministry holds back rigid driving licences regulation

The Ministry of Transport has withdrawn it’s ministerial regulation that mandates applicant for driving license to attend a training session of up to 15 hours instead of just 3-4 hours as it is the case now.

Government spokesman Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said during the Cabinet meeting, the Minister of Transport has offered to withdraw the regulation for review.

He said the minister reasoned that the regulation, which mandates applicants to attend either a training session of up to 15 hours instead of just 3-4 hours at each of the five driving schools operated by the Land Transport Department in five provinces, or to pass both the written and driving tests organized by the private sector driving schools certified by the department, was strongly criticised.

The new ministerial regulation was intended to set a new standard of road safety and to improve the discipline of car drivers.

But for other ministerial regulations regarding road safety masures such as those dealing with drunk driving were endorsed, the spokesman said.

There are currently about 90 authorised driving schools throughout the country which offer the training course.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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