Drivers convicted of minor traffic offences should go back to school to learn better road manners and driving skills, transport advisers agreed yesterday. A working group set up by the Transport Advisory Committee will study the possibility of introducing a driver improvement scheme. 'It will put the emphasis on educating drivers and improving driving behaviour because problematic driving attitude has been found to be one of the major causes of traffic accidents,' said committee chairman Cheng Hon-kwan. 'Overseas experience shows that there is an overall improvement in drivers' awareness of road safety after taking such a course.' Under the proposal, first-time or repeat offenders whose offences attract a points deduction of five or less would be given the option to take the course, for which the offender would pay. The offender would not have to pay a fine. The court would decide whether to allow the offender the option of taking the course. Those committing offences that have nothing to do with driving skill would not be ordered to take the course. 'If it is a case of a hit-and-run, or not heeding police instructions, the driver would not be given the chance to take the course,' Mr Cheng said. No driver would be allowed to take the course more than once every two years. A private organisation would run the course, which would include theoretical and practical sessions. Fees should be comparable to fines for minor traffic offences, Mr Cheng said.