Pre-training Oral Test Worries Applicants of Driving Licences in RAK

RAS AL KHAIMAH — Residents of this emirate intending to take driving licences are worried about the new system being introduced by the Traffic and Licensing Department from Sunday that requires applicants to pass a pre-training oral test before starting training.

By Sebugwaawo Ismail

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Published: Sun 19 Oct 2008, 12:59 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 7:34 PM

They have to first register with the RAK Driving Academy, attend eight lectures of 70-minute duration each, and pass an oral test before applying for licences, said Colonel Nasser Al Muradad, Chief of the Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Traffic and Licensing DepartmentThe lectures will be on the driving and traffic culture.

Only those who pass this oral test will be eligible to open files and start learning driving in the emirate’s driving schools. Applicants who fail in the oral examination will get more chances later, he added. Each applicant will have to pay Dh780 to the academy as course fee. Ahmed Hassan, a 19-year-old UAE national who wants to apply for the driving licence shortly, said he is worried about the oral test, saying it would increase the time spent on getting the licence. Many others had told him that passing the driving test itself is not easy. “This new system has made it even more complicated. However, I am going to apply for the licence as stricter measures are being introduced everyday,” said Hassan.

A Pakistani expatriate living here, Ali Shah Mansoor, who also intends to apply for the UAE driving licence in the near future, said the introduction of traffic lectures followed by the oral examination has added more complications. Even under the existing system, getting a driving licence takes years for many; the new system will prolong it further.

“I will soon apply for the licence but I do not know how much time it will take me to get it given that I have to first attend eight lectures followed by an oral test. Will I pass in the first attempt? I don’t know,” he said.

However, officials of the Traffic and Licensing Department said the system is being introduced to enable the new applicants get prior knowledge of driving and the traffic culture before taking training. Al Muradad said with the number of accidents and traffic law violations by motorists increasing everyday, stringent measures and elaborate preparation of new applicants are necessary to reduce the number of bad road users in the future.

From its temporary premises in the Dhan area, the RAK Driving Academy would be shifted to its permanent premises, behind the emirate’s Traffic and Licensing Department shortly, said Muradad. This academy will serve only the purposes of giving lectures and oral tests now but in the coming months, field driving training will also be introduced, he said.

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