The new requirement of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) for wannabe drivers and riders to undergo a 15-hour theoretical driving course before they can be issued a student permit must be causing headaches for many people.
Faced with uncertainties on whether the government will again impose lockdowns in certain areas, activities like these are easily disrupted so we have to adapt to the new norm. This is the main reason why many driving schools have prepared an LTO-compliant theoretical driving course via a digital platform to allow students to complete the training—with or without quarantine restrictions.
All signs show that this could be the new normal for student drivers.
Because it is the pacesetter among the driving institutions in the country, we again knocked on the door of the Honda Safety Driving Center (HSDC) to know what they have prepared for the student drivers and riders in order to comply with the LTO regulations.
HSDC general manager Jun Lomibao was kind enough to share with us eight important facts about their online theoretical driving/riding course now being offered by this well-rated learning institution. Read before you enroll:
1) No fee hike.
The training fee for online sessions is the same as the face-to-face setup. Here’s good news from HSDC: They’re offering a promo price of P1,600 for the course, although they will revert to the regular enrollment fee of P1,800 to P2,000 once the promo period is over.
2) Three sessions last for three days.
The HSDC conducts training 5hrs/day for three days in accordance with the LTO Memorandum Circular No. 2019-2176. There are three to four virtual training sessions per day with a maximum of 40 students per session.
3) Be ready with the requirements.
The LTO requires enrollees for online theoretical training to bring with them a copy of their birth certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), or any government-issued identification card.
4) Exams are not only online.
Under the LTO’s policy, there should be an exam for every session so HSDC conducts three tests—two online and a final exam inside the classroom.
5) Any computer platform is accepted.
Either the student uses a laptop or desktop, or he goes to an internet shop to connect to the online course, it does not matter. All that’s needed is a good internet signal for uninterrupted sessions. Due to the high demand for the theoretical driving course, HSDC is open almost seven days a week in some months.
6) They get a diploma.
HSDC provides a certificate of completion to students who pass the exams. Students can also request a hard copy with a corresponding fee.
7) Health protocols are strictly observed.
Aside from wearing a face mask, face shield, and regularly using sanitizers, students who will enter the training facility must present a medical certificate.
8) Recording of sessions is not allowed.
The training modules and programs are covered by the Intellectual Property Code. Any copying, reproduction, and distribution of their training modules, which is patterned on Honda Japan’s high standards, is strictly prohibited. So if you miss a session without giving a valid reason, that’s it. It took them four months to come up with a virtual training module that underwent a series of pilot runs.
We asked Lomibao one more question: Which is more challenging for the HSDC staff? Virtual or face-to-face sessions? “Virtual is challenging in terms of technology used. But it has a lot of disadvantages in terms of direct interactions. You can’t predict customer reactions, agreement or disagreement due to multiple locations,” he explained.
Now tell us, are you ready to enroll soon?