Getting your motor running is getting harder

New regulations toughen the process of obtaining driving licences

When you show up at the Land Transport Department to apply for a driver's licence, you will encounter a range of tests including traffic signs and a machine that tests ability to navigate in traffic. (Photos by Thanarak Khunton, Pattanapong Hirunard)

Academics have supported new regulations that make it harder for an applicant to obtain a driving licence and make it easier for authorities to seize licences from errant motorists to ensure more traffic law compliance.

They agreed with the proposed regulations requiring those applying for a car driving licence to pass a 15-hour course of driving lessons, saying the rules on issuing driving licences should be toughened.

Last Tuesday, the cabinet approved in principle the draft of Transport Ministry regulations requiring an applicant for a driver's licence to finish a course of lessons of at least 15 hours and pay up to 6,000 baht for them.

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