A RADICAL NEW PLAN HAS BEEN APPROVED BY CABINET THAT REQUIRES ANYBODY WANTING A NEW DRIVES LICENCE MUST COMPLETE A COURSE WITH A MINIMUM OF 15 HOURS AND A COST OF 6,000 Baht.
In the past only 4 training hours were required although this was raised to 5 hours on January the 1st.
The director general of the Land Transport Department Mr Sanit Phromwong indicated they would be issuing new regulations this year to force all “would be” drivers to pass a course at a government certified driving school before they would be allowed to even apply for a new license
Mr Sanut pointed out the fact there were over 90 certified driving schools throughout the nation which were all linked electronically to the department, so immediately after passing the course the applicants could apply for the licence. Another example of modern technology making life easy for Thai citizens.
Of course this is not a done deal yet, sure cabinet have already approved in principal the current draft regulation, but the Council of State will still have to check it out thoroughly before returning the approved version to the transport ministry. These things of course take time, Mr Sanut said although the actual date is not set at this stage, most likely it will be published in the Royal Gazette sometime this year.
Of course this or any plan to improve Thai driving skill is most welcome, we don’t have to be reminded of the shocking national road toll which places Thailand as the 2nd worst in the world after war torn Libya. However one must surely wonder whether this new requirement and cost involved may cause many people to drive or ride unlicensed.
For everyone’s sake let’s hope this does not eventuate.