DAVAO City Administrator Wendel Avisado said those applying for the renewal of their driver’s licenses should also submit themselves to psychological tests as basis for approval.
This as the Land Transportation Office (LTO) has made it a requirement for new driver’s license applicants to undergo additional exams to determine whether or not they have the mental aptitude for driving.
“The DOTC [Department of Transportation and Communication], as a national agency, will make sure this is legal. I support this move because this will be good for us,” Avisado said.
He added that having competent drivers in the city would contribute to the safety of both pedestrians and motorists.
“But I hope those who renew [their license] should also be made to take the test,” Avisado said.
Earlier, LTO Southern Mindanao Director Gomer Dy said aside from drug testing, they would ask applicants to submit for psychological tests in order to gauge homicidal or suicidal tendencies that will make a person a road liability.
“There are only two reasons for read accidents — driver’s negligence and the vehicle’s mechanical defects. Part of our efforts to reduce the number of accidents is to make sure we issue licenses to people who are qualified to drive and would not tend to do harm on the road,” Dy said.
Traffic altercations have been the reason for many road accidents in the past. (GLP)
Cmon guys. All the additional tests will not do any good if you do not implement an honest-to-goodness drivers licensing program.
Who are we kidding when we all know, the LTO issues license in a sloppy haphazard manner – no one flunks the LTO exams.
Thus, when drivers who should have not been issued a license are given one, expect negligent drivers.
I have seen many newly arrived Filipino immigrants to the US flunk the drivers exams multiple times. Some even had to take the exam five times. There was one who even called up a friend of mine looking for a “connection” in the US DMV who he will just pay to be able to get his license. I told him outright, you can do that with the LTO, but this is no longer the Philippines – you have to pass a written exam (no cheating allowed) and a practical exam (offers of bribe are prosecuted).
The bottom line is, LTO – enough with the “lagay”!