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FYI: A 15-Hour Driving Seminar Will Soon Be Required For A Student Permit

The new requirement hopes to lessen road accidents and traffic.

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) announced that a 15-hour theoretical driving course will be required for everyone who wants to get a student driver’s license starting in April 2020. According to the office, the course will be focused on traffic laws and other driving know-how, among others.

The requirement is issued in Memorandum Circular 2019-2176. The driving course will be divided into three sessions and will include Introduction to Driving and Traffic Rules and the Land Transportation Related Special Laws.

Director Victor Caindec of LTO Central Visayas said that centers who will be offering driving courses need to apply for accreditation which will last for two years. Instructors are also required to score no less than 85 percent to be allowed to issue the theoretical exam.

"So far, 21 schools have been accredited. Same concept with medical clinics. Electronic certificates are transmitted to LTO from the accredited schools. We are also in discussions with LGUs for public driving schools which LTO will accredit," he said in an interview as stated in the Sun Star.

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Caindec also stated that the new initiative will be put in place to produce more "intelligent drivers."

Once passed, applicants will be given certificates of driving course completion which will then be transmitted to the LTO by the driving course centers.

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In 2019, the LTO reported that more than 40,000 drivers violated traffic rules, a huge jump from the 18,000 figure recorded in 2018. The Philippines also ranked second in having the worst traffic in the world across 57 countries and 416 cities according to the TomTom Traffic Index 2019. According to the index, the country scored a whopping 71 percent congestion level next to Bangalore, India.

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