Now, clear yet another test to obtain your driving licence in Dubai

Now, clear yet another test to obtain your driving licence in Dubai

RTA launches Risks Recognition Test as part of an enhanced Theoretical Knowledge Test for driving trainees.



By Staff Reporter

Published: Tue 7 Jul 2015, 12:36 AM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 3:17 PM

The test contains five videos, each of which lasts about 25 seconds and depicts specific environmental conditions and a set of unique associated road risks. — Supplied photo

Dubai — Dubai’s driving licence aspirants will now have to clear an additional test in order to obtain their driving licence.

  The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) of Dubai launched the Risks Recognition Test as part of an enhanced Theoretical Knowledge Test for driving trainees. The test that was officially launched on Sunday covers all driving categories — including light vehicles, heavy trucks, heavy buses, and motorbikes.

Ahmed Bahrozyan, CEO of RTA’s Licensing Agency stated that the Risks Recognition Test had been designed by a company that specialised in developing hi-tech 3D drawings related to traffic safety.

Test material

Bahrozyan said: “The test contains five videos that have been added to the existing automated Knowledge Test per student, which are automatically selected from an online questions bank. Each video lasts about 25 seconds and depicts specific environmental conditions and a set of unique associated road risks and how the driver can cope with them.” 

    Examples of these include conditions related to driving in rainy weather, highways, school zones, desert areas, densely populated or market areas with high pedestrian traffic, residential areas, and night driving.  “The introduction of the Risks Recognition Test complements the Theoretical Knowledge Test, launched in 2010, that sees about 200 thousand tests being conducted annually. The test has yielded positive effects on trainees as it contains vital information,” he added.

The existing automated Theoretical Knowledge Test — currently conducted in three basic languages, Arabic, English and Urdu — from next September onwards will also be conducted in Chinese, Persian, Indian, Malayalam, Bengali, Russian and Tamil languages. This will also include the Risks Recognition Test.

“The training on the risks recognition is one of the key tests that contribute to enhancing the traffic awareness of driving licence aspirants on how to cope with different road conditions, and empowering them to better assess all risks in order to encounter them after obtaining their driving licences. The prime objective is to graduate drivers with high sense of safety, traffic awareness and skills in order to reduce traffic accidents in Dubai roads,” Bahrozyan said.

Bahrozyan said that the RTA is keen on adopting advanced training modules with the aim of instilling high driving skills in new drivers, promoting safety and minimising traffic accidents.

“The Risks Recognition Test is implemented in all advanced countries, which boasts of a high record of traffic awareness and safety levels, and we have felt that it is necessary to introduce it in the Emirate of Dubai in line with its pioneering excellence drive,” he said. -dhanusha@khaleejtimes.com 


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