Icon wrote:Sorry for resurrecting a thread from the dead, but any update on recommendations for driving schools? My dear old Daddy says I have to drive myself when I go home, but I haven't touched a wheel of anything other than a bicycle in 10 years. I've forgotten where the key goes, and anyways, I was never the best of drivers. Oh, and I don't even know when my foreign license expired -not even where it is.
We got 4WD, stick shift and automatic at home. Oh, and if it helps, there is more disregard for driving laws back home, traffic lights and signs almost inexistent, so, defensive care would be a plus.
I have sourced a potential driving center, which claims to offer an English speaking instructor.
The address is:
Number 31, Section 1, DàDù Rd, Beitou District, Taipei City (click for Google map link.
Telephone: (02) 28936889
I'm afraid they don't have a website, and so I must try to offer as much information as I could receive on the phone.
Their classes consist of 2 lessons per week, each 2 hours long. Which weak days will depend upon the days you prefer to choose from.
At the end of the five week course, there will be a written test one day, followed by the road test on the following day.
The testing centre arranges a fixed time for the tests, when an official will conduct the test.
The school has a no pass, no pay policy, which means that after paying once for lessons, and if the participant fails the test for any reason, they do not require an additional payment for another block of lessons. However they do require 1,000NT to be paid for the test itself.
The price of the course is 9,500NT for a manual gearbox car, plus 2,000NT for the test. This makes a total of 11,500NT.
The testing centre provide a pick up from the local Qiyan MRT Station, for their attendees.
For the English instructor, then the best time for lessons would be in the afternoon, after 1pm, to be certain that the English instructor is available.
The hours for the centre are: Mon~Fri, 7am to 9pm (English Instruction from 1pm~9pm)
I apologise, as I am not familiar with this testing centre and cannot verify the information they have provided me with over the phone, or the quality of the centre and their vehicles. It may be worth visiting the place before making an final reservation.
Note: The date on the applicant's A.R.C. (Alien Resident Certificate) from beginning to end must be at least one year (365 days) in validity. If it is any shorter, then they cannot accept the application. This is a government rule, not that of the testing centre.
I hope this information is useful.
If you require any further assistance, then please let me know.