drivers’ licences

April 1st, 2008

It’s going to get harder to learn to drive in Beijing– as I’m sure you’re all happy to know.

新京报/The Beijing News’ Wang Shu reports (I seem to be translating a lot of her stories):


Obtaining a drivers’ licence in Beijing will become more difficult


300 new questions will be added to the question pool for the road rules test for obtaining a drivers’ licence in Beijing; the safe distance between vehicles on the practical driving test will be extended, examiners will emphasise the ability to maintain a safe distance from preceeding vehicles and other driving safety awareness of examinees. The Beijing municipal traffic department reported yesterday that, in accordance with the requirements of the Ministry of Public Security, the difficulty of the drivers’ examination in Beijing will once again be made more difficult.

I’m sorry, but I’m too tired to translate all of this right now. I’m butting my head up against too many sentences that seem to be missing a main verb and similar such problems. You can blame the HSK practice test I did last night for my current state. The rest of the week should be a bit easier, though, as the next two days will be all tests- oh, wait, that means I’ll have 150-odd essays to mark…. Anyway, suffice it to say that the drivers’ licence exam will be made more difficult in line with last year’s Decree 91 from the Ministry of Public Security, and the authorities are trying to deepen students’ understanding of the road code and their practical driving abilities before they get on the road for real and start causing trouble. They’re trying to improve traffic safety by improving the quality and abilities of drivers, in other words. You can follow the link above and check out the details yourselves.

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