15-hour Theoretical Driving Course to be required for student-driver permit applicants

Back in January, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) released Memorandum Circular No. 2019 – 2176 detailing the required driving instruction seminar hours for acquiring a student-driver's permit.

But while they mentioned the required hours needed in order to get the said permit, they have not stated as to when they will begin implementing these "classes"...until now, that is.

Beginning April 6, 2020, applicants who wish to get a student-driver's permit will be required to take a 15-hour lecture. This comes after the LTO announced that all who wish to get a student-driver's permit will have to attend a Theoretical Driving Course. Those that plan to attend the said lecture will need to have a minimum of 15 hours of "classroom courses" from LTO accredited driving schools, or from the LTO itself.

But what is it exactly that will be taught during the said lecture? While the LTO has yet to release the general syllabus or its full program, they did say that the main topics will cover local road rules and regulations, and the basics of road courtesy. This will be on top of the standard written test which will soon be available in local dialects (besides the standard English and Tagalog-written tests).

These lectures, however, will not come free of charge. LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante said that this is to add value to the work that the lecturers do to teach soon-to-be-drivers. By putting a fee for the application process, Galvanted said that those who apply will put greater value on the topics and lessons that were discussed.

Whether this will be an effective means to get more educated and courteous drivers on the road and behind the wheel, we'll all just have to wait and see.