Last January, the Department of Road Transport (JPJ) announced that it would introduce automated driver’s license tests (e-testing) in April. The assessment of its viability will be expected at the end of March, according to Deputy Transport Minister Henry Sum Agong.
Bernama reports that the Minister said that the implementation of electronic testing is currently at the proof of concept (POC) stage. JPJ had set up a technical committee for electronic testing, which is currently evaluating the system. An assessment report is expected to be submitted to the Ministry of Transport by the end of this month.
The electronic driver’s license tests will see examiners sitting in a sort of control room rather than in the vehicle with candidates. At least, for the track portion of the driving test, which is the uphill driving, parking, and three-point turn portion of the test. This would reduce the number of agents needed to perform the test, instead freeing up manpower for enforcement.
The idea of the e-test for the driving license is not new. JPJ first revealed its plans in 2015, which then led to ground trials the following year. Although the news on this front has died down for a few years, it looks like its implementation will finally be a reality.