China: new drivers could get license without formal schooling image

The country with the largest automotive market in the world – China – might soon make a present to upcoming motorists: they could skip the compulsory driver’s education classes needed before they can take a license test.

The government seems to be looking into ways of making the qualification process more transparent, while also speeding up and streamlining the entire procedure, granting in the end “the long-awaited wish for independent learning and testing,” according to statements on the public security ministry’s website and microblog, released yesterday. Unfortunately, no further details have been released to the public.

Already the biggest auto market globally, China’s move to cater for an easier way to get the coveted drivers license could further lift auto sales in the country, which have been growing at a double-digit rate for years. According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, in 2014 no less than 23 million vehicles would be sold.

Currently, the country’s laws mandate people to attend driving classes before they’re allowed to take the license test. According to posts on the website of Shanghai Public Driver Training Web, usually such lessons may cost around 9,000 yuan ($1,500). The public security ministry added that public feedback would be sought on the new idea and gave no timetable for implementation.

Via Bloomberg