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Drivers eligible for more power

Update: March, 04/2014 - 09:01
Individuals aged 18 and above are now eligible to sit driving tests for A2 category licences as of March 1st.— Photo vnexpress

HA NOI (VNS)— Individuals aged 18 and above are now eligible to sit driving tests for A2 category licences as of March 1st.

Under the old regulation, only certain individuals and organisations were permitted to drive A2 category motorbikes with 175cc of power or more, including the military or police, taxation officers, forestry management forces and market watch agencies.

Deputy head of the Directorate for Roads under the Department of Vehicle and Driver Management, Luong Duyen Thong, told An Ninh Thu Do (Capital Security) newspaper that the new regulation was expected to help meet people's demand for driving larger motorcycles.

However, he said each locality would initially open up to two motorbike training centres for riders interested in entering the high-powered motorbike category, to promote safety and quality standards.

He added that localities would be permitted to open more training centres in future, depending on real demand. Larger localities, Ha Noi and HCM City, have been permitted to open a maximum of five training centres,

The Directorate for Roads of Viet Nam last month organised training courses for trainers and examiners from motorbike training centres across the country to prepare for the new regulation.

The Directorate's Deputy Director, Nguyen Van Quyen, said there would be measures to tighten control over the implementation of the regulation to ensure training centres would mitigate issues pertaining to traffic safety.

Strict driver tests would also be put in place. Motorbike riders would be required to complete a test of between 150 to 365 questions and undergo driving tests at qualified training centres. — VNS

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