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Taiwan to include snow-related questions in driver's license test

2016/04/14 17:18:19

Taipei, April 14 (CNA) Starting June 1, people taking the driver's license test in Taiwan will be required to know about driving safety in snowy conditions, the Directorate General of Highways said Thursday.

A total of six questions related to driving on snowy or icy roads have been added to the existing database of questions, from which random picks are made for the driver's license written test, highway authorities said.

The decision to include those questions was made after a rare snowfall at lower elevations in Taiwan in January caused problems on icy roads, resulting in at least two deaths, the authorities said.

The highway authorities said that with effect from June, the driver's license written test will include questions on the use of snow tires and tire chains, the risks of skidding even with snow tires and chains, and the safe distance between vehicles on the road in snowy or icy conditions.

In January, Taiwan was hit by a record cold snap that brought snow not just to the high mountains but also to lower elevations where snow is rarely seen.

For the first time in seven years, snow fell on Yangminshan in Taipei, attracting many visitors to the mountain.

However, the icy road conditions caused many problems, including an accident in which a police officer and his wife skidded off a mountain road in their car and plunged to their death into a ravine below on Jan. 24, according to local police.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Kay Liu)