By this time, the government now requires that those who will apply for a driver's license must undergo a 15-hour lecture. What the LTO has not mentioned is how exactly these lectures will go. So what will be discussed during the said required lecture?
The LTO does not have a full program and syllabus just yet, but they did discuss the general gist of it. For the first part (of many, we can most likely safely surmise), the main topics will be local road rules and regulations, along with the basics of road courtesy.
These topics will also be taught in LTO-certified driving schools in order to be aligned with the government's mandate. This is on top of the standard written test that is the current status quo. LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante emphasized that these lectures will not include driving theory, as that will be part of the second half of obtaining a driver's license.
Galvante also said that these sessions will not be for free. This is to add value to the work the lecturers do to teach soon-to-be drivers, he said. The fee for these sessions has not yet been mentioned by Galvante, nor has he mentioned when this new Act will be implemented, though. The Assistant Secretary also added that, by putting a fee for the application process, those who apply for a license will put greater value on the topics and lessons that were discussed.
Aside from that, Galvante also added that those who wish to apply for a Professional license will have to undergo another "course" for it. As is the process now, they must first have a Non-Professional license before they can move up to Professional status.
Back to those wanting to obtain Non-Professional licenses, they must undergo actual seat time for eight hours under the supervision of an LTO-accredited driving instructor or someone accredited who works at a certified driving school. If said applicant does not have the option of going to a driving school, they must undergo the lecture and the driving application test at LTO centers.
With more stringent measures in obtaining driver's licenses, Galvante said that they are hoping a new era of motorists who are more disciplined and more courteous will be a result of this new driver-training program. He also reminded everyone that driving is not a right, but rather, a privilege.