Drivers face stricter tests

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

Tue, Jun 11, 2013 - Page 3

From next month, driving test applicants will lose a greater number of points during the practical part of the test if they do not use their indicators before turning or changing lanes, the Directorate-General of Highways said yesterday.

The directorate said that many traffic accidents are caused by motorists who do not indicate, adding that increasing the deduction of points during the driving test would encourage drivers to cultivate good habits.

According to the directorate, driving test examiners will check whether test applicants use their indicators at crucial points during the practical driving exam.

In addition, drivers will be deducted points if they do not check their mirrors before exiting the vehicle, the directorate said.

The directorate said that drivers will be deducted 16 points each time they fail to indicate on a turn, adding that applicants will also lose points if they fail to check for blind spots at the appropriate time.

Test candidates will fail the examination if they make two such infringements, the highways directorate added.

Currently, such a violation only costs test takers eight points each time.

In addition, drivers will lose eight points if they do not check their mirrors before opening their vehicle’s doors.

They will also be deducted 16 points if they use their left foot to control the brake pedal.

People riding motorcycles with an engine size of between 50 cubic centimeters (CC) and 250CC are also set to face stricter test standards. Motorcyclists who fail to properly place their feet on the foot rests will be deducted eight points.

In addition, motorcyclists who accelerate while operating their brakes will be penalized eight points for failing to operate the vehicle correctly.

Aside from making turns and changing lanes, the directorate also reminded drivers that they must indicate and check for blind spots while reversing, parallel parking and driving on winding roads.

Rebecca Chen (陳燕芬), a bank clerk living in Taoyuan County, said that the stricter test standards should help drivers develop better habits, although she said that most drivers are likely to forget the rules once they get their driver’s license.

“Whether or not they will actually follow the rules is another thing, but it [a strict driving test] would at least help reinforce what they are supposed to do when they are on the road,” Chen said.