More and more people seek driving licences in RAK

RAS AL KHAIMAH - More than 600 applications for driving licences for both light and heavy vehicles are received each day in Ras Al Khaimah, said Lt-Col. Nasser Al Muraddad, Director of Traffic and Licensing Police.

By Sebugwaawo Ismail (Our staff reporter)

Published: Fri 25 Jul 2008, 1:31 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 6:17 PM

According to him, 8,710 driving licences were issued last year, 22 per cent more than 7,106 issued in 2006.

While about 220-230 learners for light vehicles from various driving schools are tested daily and 30-40 students pass the tests, 150-170 students are tested for heavy vehicles daily and less than 30 of them pass, said Lt-Col. Al Muraddad.

The rise in the number of driving licence seekers is attributed to the increase in population brought about by the current economic developments in the emirate.

Lt-Col. Al Muraddad said with the rise in the number of licence seekers, the testing of learners is now being done in the grounds behind the headquarters of the Traffic and Licensing Police in Ras Al Khaimah.

Ten learners can be tested simultaneously at the new testing grounds, unlike the old venue that could accommodate only five learners, he added.

Lt-Col. Al Muraddad noted that residents had been complaining of long wait for test dates, but with the new arrangement in place the situation would certainly improve.

"Very soon we are going to conduct road safety awareness drives that would involve instructors and owners of driving schools," said Lt-Col. Muraddad.

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