SINGAPORE: Drivers with 12 or more demerit points can soon take a refresher course in road safety in exchange for removing three demerit points. Traffic Police are expected to implement the voluntary corrective training Safe Driving Course (SDC) next year, as part of the amendments to the Road Traffic Bill proposed in Parliament on Monday (Aug 4).
The course requires drivers to attend five hours of lectures and two hours of practical lessons at assigned driving centres. They must then pass a one-hour test in order to have the points removed from their records.
Driving centres are currently upgrading their systems to allow online registration for courses. They said it will take just one month to complete the course upon registration. It is expected to cost more than a hundred dollars, and every driver only has two chances to take the course.
"It is a healthy reminder to them, that you have reached that point, you should go for the refresher course and I give you three points back, but I think it should (only) serve as a healthy reminder, that please change your driving habits and be a good driver," said Mr Seng Han Thong, Deputy Chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Transport. - CNA/ly
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