THE Land Transport Authority will review its driving licence issuance policy to accommodate the increasing number of young enthusiasts eager to take up driving as a career.
LTA spokesman Iliesa Sokia said there's been an increase in the number of people, especially young school leavers, trying to take up driving as a career.
"The new trend has prompted the authority to review its driving licence issuance policy to accommodate the interest of young people, and while we are aware of the number of accidents caused by teenagers, we are, however, implementing stringent measures as prerequisites for getting a full driving licence," Mr Sokia said.
"The defensive driving course (DDC) is now being made compulsory as a stringent strategy to ascertain and bring out the best in drivers.
"It does not focus only on enhancing drivers' driving skills but also incorporate other accident preventative skills such as first aid and basic fire drills.
"This is the new prerequisite for every new and future driving licence holder.
"The failure to acquire DDC tests will result in the non-issuance of a provisional driving licence and a full driving licence," he said.
The DDC knowledge and skills, Mr Sokia said, also had a time limit of five years and drivers would be required to renew their DDC through refresher courses.
"That is the extent the authority has taken as a measure to balance the young drivers' demand and the negative associates.
"So far, 7936 DDC participants have gone through our system trying to acquire a DDC certificate that will guarantee them a valid driving licence.
"People can become chauffeurs, bus drivers, stunt drivers or taxidrivers to earn income for their livelihoods."