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China raises threshold for driving license

(Xinhua)

08:39, February 08, 2012

BEIJING, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- China has decided to raise licensing requirements for the passenger and cargo driving test in a bid to boost drivers' professional skills and stem road accidents, according to a recent transportation guideline.

The guideline, jointly issued by the Ministry of Pubic Security (MPS) and the Ministry of Transport, requires 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 night-time driving.

A low licensing threshold for passenger and cargo drivers and an inadequate mechanism to revoke their licenses have been blamed for many road accidents in the country.

Last year, some 20,648 people were killed in road accidents involving buses and cargo vehicles, accounting for 33.1 percent of the total fatalities, according to the MPS.

According to the guideline, applicants should not have had a major traffic accident in the past three years, and their driving records have to be verified by the traffic management bureau before applying for driving tests.

Also, enterprises and organizations employing passenger and cargo drivers must check their licenses and operation records, and newly-employed drivers must attend lessons on road laws and regulations, said the guideline.

In addition, drivers who have "primary liability" for major accidents will be stripped of their licenses and forbidden to apply again for three years, the guideline added.

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