China toughens driving licence normsFebruary 7th, 2012 - 10:29 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Feb 7 (IANS) The Chinese government has decided to toughen the tests conducted before issuing driving licenses in a bid to curb road accidents,
The new guidelines require passenger driving training to include simulations for rainy, snowy and emergency conditions, while the final road tests should include driving in tunnels, on slopes, highways and at night, Xinhua reported.
Jointly issued by the ministries of pubic security and transport, the guidelines say applicants should not have had a major traffic accident in last three years and their driving records have to be verified by the traffic management bureau before applying for driving tests.
Enterprises and organisations employing passenger and cargo drivers must check their licences and operational records. Besides, the newly-employed drivers must attend lessons on road laws and regulations, it states.
Last year, 20,648 people were killed in road accidents involving buses and cargo vehicles, accounting for about 33 percent of the total fatalities, the ministry of pubic security said.
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