Driving lessons in Beirut, Tuesday, April 21, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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At 5 p.m. in Bir Hasan, just south of Beirut, an instructor guides a young girl as she backs up in an old Datsun.For Fadi, an instructor at one of the city's many driving institutes, it is just another day at work. Hoda Salloum, chair of the board of directors of the Traffic Management Committee, said the body has asked owners of driving institutes in Lebanon to provide them with the names of instructors who would attend the training sessions.Asked whether all instructors would be allowed to continue working after taking the training program, or whether a specific number would be selected, Salloum said a final decision had yet to be made.According to the new 420-article law, individuals who want to become driving instructors must now hold a traffic degree, a certification given after completion of a two-year program that will be offered by the General Directorate of Vocational and Educational Training in the upcoming academic year. Under the old law, any individual who passed the driving test on vehicles of different weights could become a driving instructor.
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