Foreigners need only pass the Basic Theory driving test to ‘convert’ their driving licences into Singapore ones
Posted by temasektimes on May 19, 2012
While Singaporeans have to fork out over $2,000 dollars to pass two theory driving tests (Basic and Advanced) and a practical driving test, foreigners need only pass the Basic Theory test to automatically ‘convert’ their foreign driving lessons into Singapore ones.
The recent tragic accident at Bugis caused by a PRC driver Ma Chi has raised questions on whether foreigners are adequately trained and equipped to drive on Singapore roads.
In China, the direction of traffic is different from Singapore and their driving tests are not upheld to the same high standards as ours.
According to a Discovery Channel programme, China has one of the highest road fatality rates in the world at 460.5 per 100,000 population. The programme interviewed a 30 year old driving instructor who just conducted a driving test for a 50 year old woman:
“She cannot drive, veering left and right and nervous etc, but I have to pass her out of respect for older people! She is also VERY RICH,” he smiled when asked why he passed her.
Statistics from the Traffic Police reveal that only 1 percent of foreigners in Singapore takes up Singapore’s driving lessons mostly because they are required to do so by their companies.
When interviewed by Channel 8, one PRC man in his 20s Mr Huang opposed the idea of introducing mandatory driving lessons and tests for foreigners:
“It will be very troublesome for us. We come here to work and are required to drive on the roads immediately,” he said.
A Caucasian Richard Baldric tried to learn driving in China and created an ‘instructional video’ on how to pass a practical driving test there.
In a space of 7 minutes you see crazy drivers on the wrong side of the road and others just pull out without looking.
It is crazy! Pedestrians nearly getting run over, cyclists nearly getting hit, people driving on wrong side of road, pulling out into traffic without looking or slowing down!
“Driving in China is totally insane.”