Parliament Briefs: 14 self-driving cars tested on roads here

14 self-driving cars tested on roads here

There are currently 14 self-driving cars being tested on public roads with low traffic here.

These autonomous vehicles are plying on roads in one-north, the National University of Singapore and Singapore Science Park 1 and 2 areas, said Senior Minister of State for Transport Janil Puthucheary yesterday.

To ensure safety, Dr Janil said the trials must fulfil strict requirements, such as having initial tests on lightly used roads.

Such self-driving vehicles must also be fitted with a "black box" data recorder, have insurance coverage against third-party liability and property damage, and a safety driver present.

Aid for ITE students

More than 70 per cent of Institute of Technical Education (ITE) students received some form of financial aid or scholarships in the 2016 academic year.

Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim said that higher education is significantly subsidised. Course fees at ITE are subsidised by more than 90 per cent.

Early childhood educators' pay rising

The starting pay of early childhood educators with diplomas has risen by about 20 per cent in the last five years. Full-time early childhood educators fresh out of school with a diploma in their field can earn $2,300, the 2017 Polytechnic Graduate Employment Survey found.

These figures were given by Minister for Social and Family Development Desmond Lee yesterday.

PMETs helped by support programme

More than 1,100 professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs) were placed in jobs through the Career Support Programme last year, said Manpower Minister Josephine Teo in a written reply yesterday.

Of these, more than 500, or 46 per cent, were aged 50 and above, almost three times higher than in 2016.

The Career Support Programme was enhanced last year to provide higher salary support to employers who hire older PMETs unemployed for at least 12 months.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 12, 2018, with the headline 'Parliament Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe