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Digital driving test likely to boost failure rate

THE introduction of digital sensors during the final part of the driving test in Shanghai is likely to lead to a much higher failure rate, a local instructor said yesterday.

From today, eight of the 16 requirements would-be drivers must meet during the road test will be measured digitally.

The rest will remain at the discretion of the examiner, the public security bureau said in a notice on its website.

“We think the pass rate will fall by 20 to 30 percent under the new rules,” said an unnamed instructor from the Yindu Driving School.

The sensors will be used to detect such things as whether or not the examinee has switched on the correct lights, fastened their seat belt, or parked at an appropriate distance from the curb, the notice said.

The new system is meant to eliminate human error in deciding whether people have passed or failed, it said.

In Shanghai, the driving test consists of three parts — a theory test, a field test and a road test.

The theory test is computer-based and examinees must score at least 90 out of 100 to qualify for stage two.

During the field test, learner drivers must successfully complete tasks such as reversing and a hill start within the safety of a test ground.

The final part is taken on an actual road and is conducted in the presence of an examiner.

Despite the new rules, college student and learner driver Xu Sheng said he is unconcerned.

“I don’t see a big difference as long as I do enough practice and drive the way I was taught,” he said.

Shanghai has about 200 driving schools, which charge upwards of 8,000 yuan (US$1,300) for a training course.

In recent years, the application and test procedures have been made more difficult in a bid to reduce the number of new licenses awarded. Last year, the number was 380,000, down from 580,000 in 2012.


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