The Road Transport Department is launching its automated driving test and training system this April, which will enable learner drivers to get their test results on the spot
JPJ director-general Datuk Zailani Hashim said on Monday, 17 January, the e-testing system is currently at the proof of concept (POC) stage and is expected to be launched during JPJ's 76th anniversary celebration.
The automated system aims to deter bribery and corruption as well as increase the public's trust in electronic testing by reducing human intervention.
"The results of the tests will be known immediately compared to two weeks currently," said Zailani in Bernama's report.
He added that the JPJ was striving towards the digitisation of Malaysian Motor Vehicle Licences and Driving Licences to enable its businesses to be conducted in a hybrid manner in stages.
How does the e-testing system work?
The new process will still involve class learning, circuit and road sessions, as well as the current six-point physical driving tests such as uphill driving, parking, and three-point turn.
JPJ officers, however, will be observing students from a control room instead of sitting together in the car during the circuit session.
The e-testing system will also reduce the number of JPJ personnel to be present at driving exams, which will free up more manpower for enforcement tasks. JPJ expects the number of officers needed to evaluate driving tests to drop from seven to just two testers, as the new process will be assisted by tech gadgets like cameras and other sensors.
Based on a Free Malaysia Today report, Zailani was quoted as saying similar systems have been adopted in countries like South Korea and Japan.
This month, India will be launching a pilot project that will see manual driving tests be replaced by computerised driving tests, which are expected to provide more accurate results, according to Analytics India Magazine.
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