Driving lesson

Automated driving test set to start in April

PUTRAJAYA: Physical driving tests might be a thing of the past once automated driving test or “etesting” is gradually introduced.

Department of Road Transport (JPJ) Director General Datuk Zailani Hashim said the proposed test system, currently under trial, is expected to be launched in April.

“Those who take their driving test through the system will be able to get their results immediately as the tests will be carried out in real time.

“It will speed up the process considerably compared to the previous two weeks of waiting for test results,” he told reporters after delivering his New Year’s message to JPJ officers here yesterday.

Zailani said the system would help reduce labor when conducting the simulated computerized driving test.

“Right now, six to seven JPJ officers are needed for driving tests. With estesting, we’ll narrow that down to two or three officers.

“This will allow the department to use the additional manpower for law enforcement and other work,” he said.

The simulated driving test will be based on the current six-point physical driving test.

“Testers will be required to perform parking, uphill driving and a three-point turn but through simulations,” he added.

He noted that South Korea and Japan were among the countries currently employing etesting.

The system will be phased in with approximately 232 driving schools free to adopt the service providers’ exam applications.

In November last year, e-government service provider MY EG Services Bhd (MYEG) received approval from JPJ to perform a proof of concept (POC) to implement an automated training system and driving test.

The POC is scheduled to run from December 1, 2021 to February 2022.

Meanwhile, Zailani said JPJ and the Department of Road Safety (JKJR) would hire mobile phone companies to educate delivery people on road safety.

“There are cases where delivery people beat the red light.

“They’re pressed for time and don’t care about running a red light,” he said.

He noted that JPJ’s Ops Merah late last year saw 1,193 summonses issued to p-hailing runners caught running a red light.

So far, JPJ has conducted advocacy programs involving 10,360 delivery workers.

It was reported that 3,118 fatal road accidents involved motorcyclists in 2020, more than 60% of the total 4,364 fatalities.

On a different note, Zailani said that JPJ managed to collect RM4 billion in revenue last year and set a target of RM4.12 billion for this year.