Red Brick Daily
Transportation Dept. officials have announced that real-life, actual “road tests” will be required for those seeking a driver’s license in Taiwan … starting Jan. 1, 2017.
The policy is currently being tested before next year’s changeover from using test centers with closed tracks. Currently, a driver does not have to actually prove they can drive on a road … and many are “passed” after paying a test center for courses, irrespective of their actual ability to drive.
The issue has been discussed for many years, with many arguing a driving “test” taken on a closed track is not an accurate test of skill.
The new road test will evaluate a would-be driver’s ability to change lanes, test their understanding of STOP signs, check their parallel parking skills and determine if they know what to do at an intersection without traffic lights.
Poland and the U.S. state of Colorado are the latest jurisdictions to sign reciprocal agreements with Taiwan. It is believed that a reason more nations are unwilling to accept Taiwanese driver’s licenses is due to the lack of a road test.
We think this is a great idea that could help weed out those who cannot actually drive … and cut down on alleged bribery.
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