It is a definite for all countries to make their citizens pass a driving test when they want to get a driving license.
For most people, especially men, driving a car or motorcycle is relatively easy. By practicing alone or taught by our parents, we can drive well suddenly.
But for some people especially women, driving can be pretty hard and intimidating, both for the driver and for other people on the street.
FORTUNATELY, people who can’t drive will not pass the driving test.
Why I said ‘fortunately’? Because if people who can’t drive well are given driving licenses, imagine the serious accidents that could happen anytime on the street.
UNFORTUNATELY, the Indonesian people are different. No matter how bad you are at driving, or even if you can’t drive at all, you can still have a driving license.
You can do this simply by shooting the police. Not with a gun, of course, but with money. Yes, I am talking about bribery.
For the usual and normal way, you have to prepare some money and documents such as ID card, a letter that states you are a good citizen, a letter that states you are behaving well, and of course, good eyesight.
Then, you will have to pass the theory test and the practical test.
Sounds easy? No, it’s not. Sometimes, the institution does not want you to pass the driving test which will result in you paying again and again to sign up for the test.
That’s not even the worst. Even when you are already bribing them, they can still get you failed with any kinds of reasons and ask for more money to solve the problem.
Bribery is the only way to get around this. You can easily avoid this without a hassle by bribing the institution.
The price range varies from the cheapest IDR 100.000 ( US $10 ) to IDR 1.000.000 ( US $100 ). Usually, the driving license for motorcycles is cheaper than for the car.
For those who are under or over the legal age for driving, they must pay higher. The legal age for having a driving license in Indonesia is 17 years old.
There is no exact rule of the maximum age for driving legally, but I mention this because even a 70-year old man can still pass the driving test.
So, don’t be surprised to know that most of the public transportation drivers like Bajaj, Ojek, and mini bus do not get their driver license legally.
Bribery is a pretty nasty thing, isn’t it?
No wonder that the car and motorcycle accident rate is high in Indonesia.
No wonder also that some of the drivers are practically under 17 years old or even as young as 9 years old.
(See this video below about a kid riding a motorcycle)
(See this video too to see a bad parenting goes fast and furious)
(Credits go respectfully to the rightful owner)