Thousands of motorists sent back to the classroom after traffic blitz in eastern China

Drivers sign up for refresher courses to get licences reinstated after crackdown

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 29 November, 2017, 9:35am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 29 November, 2017, 9:35am

Traffic bureaus in eastern China have been inundated with applications from motorists seeking to do refresher courses after the authorities in Shandong province stepped up enforcement of road rules.

In the provincial capital Jinan, more than 1,600 drivers whose licences had been suspended signed up for traffic regulations training this year, the Qilu Evening News reported.

Over 1,400 of them had their licences reinstated after they completed the course.

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A growing number of drivers in the province have had to take such courses since local authorities began cracking down on law enforcement in July, Li Baiqiang, a traffic bureau director in the city’s Tianqiao district, told the newspaper.

So many drivers had signed up for the courses offered by the bureau, Li said, that some had to stand in a corridor to listen to the classes because there was not enough room in its two classrooms and conference room.

Li told the newspaper that other traffic bureaus in the city had also seen increased demand for their courses.

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In China, drivers who incur 12 demerit points within one year have their licences suspended. In order to have them reinstated, motorists must attend a five-day course on traffic regulations and two days of driver training before retaking the road rules test.