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New LTO scheme requires student license applicants to take exams

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) implemented stricter guidelines for motorists to secure driver's licenses, with those applying for student driver's licenses now also required to take examinations administered by the agency.

LTO Executive Director Romeo Vera Cruz said on Sunday that the agency had started implementing its automated driving examination terminals, a touch screen portal which limits human intervention.

"From student, meron nang examination 'yung student, yung non-professional, tsaka [professional]," Cruz explained on Super Radyo dzBB.

Under the previous scheme, applicants just needed to submit requirements — a license application form, medical certificate, birth certificate — for a student permit.

"Actually, noong last week, meron tayong ginawang pilot implementation ng ating automated driving examination terminal. 'Yun po ay touch screen," he said.

According to Cruz, this would minimize having the questionnaire being handed to applicants with the correct answers already filled out, as reported in several complaints.

"We are doing our best na ma-eradicate ito, kaya lang gusto namin na talagang hindi na malusutan," he said.

With the new examination system, an applicant's biometrics would be taken before they are handed the examination proper.

"'Pag pasok mo, pag-upo mo sa examination table, meron ding facial recognition," he said, noting that the terminal won't turn on if the wrong biometrics are read.

"Ngayon po, 'pag merong lumapit sayo, automatic na mag-turn off 'yung terminal," said Cruz.

Aside from this, Cruz said that the questionnaires were tailor-made for student, non-professional, and professional license applicants.

"'Yung non-professional, if you upgrade 'yung restrictions, mas mahirap po ang examinations natin sa mga ganong klaseng aplikante. Kung ano 'yung restriction, 'yung restriction mayroong corresponding set of examination questions na dapat ipasa 'yung aplikante," he said. — Jon Viktor Cabuenas/DVM, GMA News