Drivers Applying For Vocational Driving Licences No Longer Need To Sit For Theory Test

However, they will still need to pass their practical test.

Cover image via Free Malaysia Today & Mohd Fadli Hamzah/Berita Harian

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Today, 10 April, Transport Minister Anthony Loke announced the abolishment of the theory test for vocational driving licences

According to Loke, those applying for a vocational licence under the Public Service Vehicle (PSV) and Goods Driving Licence (GDL) category will only be asked to attend theory classes online.

He said this was one of the steps taken to improve the licencing procedure.

"In line with the ministry's digitalisation efforts, theory classes for all categories of the vocational licence can be conducted online, through platforms provided by the Road Transport Department (JPJ) and driving institutes," the Transport Minister said during a press conference, as reported by The Star.

Drivers, however, would still need to pass their practical test

Candidates applying for PSV licences for buses and GDL for articulated lorries are still required to undergo training and pass their practical test before they are given the vocational licence.

A truck driver sitting for his practical test.

Image via Free Malaysia Today

Meanwhile, the syllabus for the theory class in all vocational licence categories, especially involving taxi and e-hailing, will be reviewed and improved by JPJ and the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research

Loke said that institutions and intermediaries must fully use the teaching syllabus for vocational licence theory classes set by JPJ, which will also set the conditions and regulations related to the online platform and regulate theory classes to ensure the validity of the candidates.

According to him, candidates' details will be integrated with the MySIKAP system to enable vocational licenses to be issued directly to them without requiring physical presence at the JPJ counter.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke (third from left) announcing the abolishment of the theory test in Putrajaya.

Image via Mohd Fadli Hamzah/New Straits Times

Recently, Loke also announced that private vehicle owners no longer need to display the physical road tax sticker on their cars:

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