The Lives They Live: Tales of a veteran driving tester

For more than 30 years, Mr Richard Quek had one of the most feared but least understood jobs in Singapore. He retired as the Chief Tester of Traffic Police, the top driving test honcho, in 2009 at age 62.
Mr Richard Quek became a driving examiner in 1975 and retired as the Chief Tester of Traffic Police (TP), the top driving test honcho, in 2009 at age 62.
Mr Richard Quek became a driving examiner in 1975 and retired as the Chief Tester of Traffic Police (TP), the top driving test honcho, in 2009 at age 62.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

SINGAPORE - A heavily tattooed man trembled at the sight of Mr Richard Quek, and so did a surgeon with steady hands.

Some begged him to give them another chance. Others cried.

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