New Regulations for Handicapped Drivers Take Effect
CRIENGLISH.com Web Editor: Liu Bing
A new regulation that allows some disabled people to apply for driver's licenses will take effect on April 1st. But driver training schools are still not prepared to handle and train such students.
Zhang Wan takes a closer look.
New regulations for applying for driver's licenses and motor vehicle driving are about to go into effect. They allow five categories of disabled people to apply for driver's licenses, including those with problems with their lower limbs and the hearing impaired.
Wang Chungang from the Beijing Traffic Management Bureau explains.
"Those who are completely deaf or those who have upper limbs dysfunctions are not allowed to apply for a driver's license."
Although the new regulations take effect tomorrow, many driver training schools are still unprepared to accept and instruct physically challenged students. A trainer at the Laoshan Driver Training School has this to say.
"A few driving schools probably have started to accept these students. We are not yet ready to do that. If the government asks all the driving schools to do so, then we will do it."
Vehicles for the disabled must be reconfigured in accordance with each person's physical condition. For example, accelerator and brake pedals must be replaced by a hand-manipulated set.
But reconfiguring a car is not an easy task.
Moreover, before driver training schools start to enroll students, they must provide special training for their experienced teachers. First, the trainers must be more patient for students with disability. They also must be familiar with the reconfigured vehicles in advance and skilled at manipulating them.
In addition, facilities at driver training schools such as lavatories and ramps for access must be added.
But most driver training schools say they cannot foot the bill for all this on their own. Without financial support from the government, it will be a huge expense for them. If they impose the costs on students, the training fees will skyrocket.
A lot of efforts are needed to actually enable more physically challenged drivers to hit the road.
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