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By the end of 2014, China will have 300 million drivers on the road. As driving becomes more popular in China, driving school fees continue to rise. In some cities, driving school fees in 2015 exceeded 10,000 Yuan.
In some cities, interest rates on loans for driving tuition are more than 50%. Other driving schools have deals with test examiners in which they fail drivers on purpose so that they have to take more driving classes. Other examiners require a steep bribe from the drivers themselves in order to pass them.
In Beijing, driving school fees last summer were only 4,000 Yuan and are now listed at 10,000 Yuan. In Shanghai the prices rose from 4,000 to 10,000 as well, after the Spring Festival. Sales staff from a driving school in Shanghai said the school also offers “Quick VIP classes,” for 12,500 Yuan per person for a general C1 license.
The costs of driving schools are rising in small cities as well. In Hefei the tuition for a C1 license rose from less than 3,000 Yuan to 4,000 Yuan over the past four years. Xi'an driving schools cost 2,300 Yuan in 2011 and now cost 3,300 Yuan per person.