TP RAISES DRIVING TEST FEES, INTRODUCES NEW CLASS 3 LICENSES

The Traffic Police (TP) announced that fees for their theory and practical tests will be raised from 1st June because of “rising operating costs”.

Fees for the Basic Driving Theory Test, Final Driving Theory Test and Motorcycle Riding Theory Test will be increased from $6.00 to $6.50, while those for the Practical Riding Test, Practical Driving Test and Proficiency Driving Test wil rise from $20 to $26 from 1st June 2015, and will rise again to $33 on 1st June 2016.

TP also announced that there will be two more classes of driving licences from 1st June 2015 onward. The 2 new categories will be named Class 3C and Class 3CA.

Class 3C licences will allow drivers to drive all Class 3 vehicles except light goods vehicles, mini vans and small buses. Those with foreign driving licence need to pass only the Basic Theory Test to convert the licence to Class 3C licence, it added.

Class 3CA licences will allow drivers to drive only automatic vehicles included within a controlled list to be released by TP.

TP would also require all Work Permit and S-Pass holders holding foreign driving licenses to pass the Class 3 Practical Driving Test (PDT) if they wish to drive all Class 3 vehicles including light goods vehicles and small buses. This is on top of the existing requirement to pass the Basic Theory Test. TP says that it will grant this group of drivers a grace period of 2 years, between 1st June 2015 and 31st May 2017, to convert their licenses.

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