Light-duty motorcycle road examinations begin

By Stephanie Chao ,The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Tests for light-duty motorcycles that include road tests saw the first batch of examinees take the test on Monday, but the only two test-takers failed the written exams, making them ineligible for road tests, announced the Directorate General of Highways (DGH).

Motor Vehicles Offices in New Taipei City’s Banqiao District and Tainan’s Sinying District saw one examinee each taking the light-duty motorcycle exams. While the new rule was scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1, the first batch of examinees took the test this Monday due to the New Years holidays. The addition of road tests for light-duty motorcycles will be announced to future prospective examinees, stated the DGH. An examinee will not receive their permit unless they have passed both written and on-road exams.

Test fees for light-duty motorcycle exams follow regular motorcycle test fees at NT$125. According to statistics from the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC), 59 percent of traffic accidents involve motorcycles each year. The previous regulations requiring no road tests for light-duty motorcycle exams were eliminated last year, so as to guarantee future drivers’ basic skills on the road.

Previously examinees only had to take the written exams in order to receive driving permits for light-duty motorcycles — 50 c.c. and below – though examinees must follow the same regulations as with the examinations for regular motorcycles (50 cc up to 249 cc ) permits.

Apart from road tests, examinees must drive in a straight line to test the driver’s balance, as well as railroad crossing, intersection crossing and others. Currently there are a total of 870,000 permits issued for light-duty motorcycle drivers, stated the DGH, though many of the driver licenses were for those who failed road tests for regular motorcycles, and were eligible as the previous light-duty exams only required written tests.

Only a few of the total issued permits included examinees directly taking light-duty motorcycle exams.

The DGH stated that the current new updates on exam guidelines will not pose too many difficulties, as only approximately 2,000 people take the exams each year.