Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has approved in principle a proposal to defer application of a rule that requires container truck drivers to upgrade their licenses until next year.
The proposal was made by the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Public Security following transport companies' complaints that they were suffering losses with more than half their drivers not qualifying for the FC class licenses that the rule demands.
Under the new regulation issued by the transport ministry, all container truck drivers currently holding class C, D, and E licenses had to upgrade to class FC by July 1 this year.
The regulation was first scheduled for July 1, 2009, but delayed for one year. Despite the deferrment, many drivers have not upgraded their licenses for various reasons.
While a significant number feared that the courses would be time-consuming and affect their work, others waited for agencies to delay the regulation further or amend it, the transportation ministry said.