Poe asks LTO to uphold integrity of driver’s license exams as key to competent motorists on the road

Poe asks LTO to uphold integrity of driver’s license exams as key to competent motorists on the road

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Sen. Grace Poe called on the Land Transportation Office (LTO)
to uphold the integrity of its examiners and the credibility of tests
required in securing a driver’s license to ensure that only qualified
motorists ply the roads.

“The credibility of the tests and the integrity of examiners are vital
in ensuring that our drivers are competent and knowledgeable. These
are the bottomline,” stressed Poe, sponsor of the new law extending
the validity of driver’s licenses.

During the Senate deliberations of the 2022 budget of the Department
of Transportation (DOTr) and attached agencies, Poe said that the
theoretical examinations for a driver’s license must be hurdled
without any cheat sheet from which answers are detestably copied.

“The problem with LTO then was that the answers to the exams were
already posted on the wall and such defeated the purpose of the tests
which should never be the case,” Poe said.

Likewise, the senator emphasized that the practical driving exam must
not be compromised in any manner but carried out according to the
standards required for the issuance of such license in a bid to help
improve road safety in the country.

“Sa practical driving exam, dapat walang bayaran. Tingnan talaga kung
marunong iyong driver. Kasi no matter if it’s a 15-hour course,
pagdating doon ay nagdadayaan din lang at hindi pa din natin alam kung
competent nga ang driver,” Poe explained.

In his interpellation, Sen. Ralph Recto also said, “My problem here is
very notorious kasi sa DOTr ang paghahanapbuhay. Iyon nga, iyong mga
test, pwede kang magbayad para sagutin… So ito baka hanapbuhay na
naman. Iyan ang reklamo ng maraming mga kababayan natin… What we did
in the law is to simplify para mabawasan ang red tape para sa
ordinaryong mamamayan, hindi para dagdagan.”

At the same time, Poe asked the LTO to submit a copy of its
implementing rules and regulations (IRR) which are subject to the
oversight of the legislative branch.

“We are asking for a copy of the said IRR and we will review such
accordingly to ensure that our ordinary citizens are duly served
instead of further burdened by the government,” Poe said.

Meanwhile, the country marked the “National Day of Remembrance for
Road Crash Victims, Survivors and their Families” last Sunday in
adherence to Republic Act 11468 authored and sponsored by Poe. (ai/mtvn)

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