Roadworthy seminars for drivers sought

A SURIGAO solon has proposed to require both new applicants for driver’s license and existing licensed drivers to undergo a mandatory roadworthy driving seminar and an actual driving test before the issuance or renewal of their driver’s license.

Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers said House Bill (HB) No. 505 or the proposed “Roadworthy Driving Seminar for All Drivers Act” aims to instill discipline and inculcate knowledge on road safety and traffic laws and regulations by requiring all driver’s license applicants and existing licensed drivers to undergo a mandatory driving seminar and an actual driving test before granting them full driving privileges.

“Apart from constructing more public roads and highways and providing more options for the commuting public, one straightforward solution to the traffic problem is to instill discipline and impart knowledge among motorists,” said Barbers.

Barbers said “uneducated” drivers contribute to traffic congestion as traffic rules and regulations are blatantly ignored, consequently compounding the traffic problem.

“Safe and disciplined driving practice is key to keep the traffic system orderly. We simply cannot allow our current traffic behavior to continue. We must choose to impose order, and in the course, improve the traffic system and the economy,” said Barbers.