The Ministry of Internal Affairs has sent to the government a bill proposing to allow Russians to drive a car from the age of 17, until the age of 18 to drive accompanied by a “driver-mentor”, reported newspaper “Kommersant” with reference to the bill of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, sent to the government.
Now you can get a driver’s license at the age of 17, but you can only get behind the wheel from the age of 18. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, driving skills are lost in a year, so 17-year-olds should be allowed to drive a car with a “driver-mentor” with a category B license. The amendments explain that the presence of a mentor is necessary “in order to help consolidate sustainable skills of safe driving and control over the observance of traffic rules ”.
Also, the bill proposes allowing category D drivers with at least a year’s experience to drive buses and trucks. Foreign citizens with national driving licenses of category C or D will need to exchange them for Russian ones. To do this, they will need to pass an exam at a driving school.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs proposed not to issue a certificate within a year from the date of payment of a fine or arrest to drivers who were driving without a license, who had run out of license or who got behind the wheel drunk. According to the law, such drivers can pass the exam and get new rights at the traffic police.
The ministry also proposed to tighten the requirements for foreign drivers and Russian citizens who came from abroad, and to amend the classification of vehicles as transport categories.