From Oct 1, drivers must pass psychological, linguistic tests in Dubai

First Published 28, Sep 2017, 8:52 PM IST
From Oct 1 drivers must pass psychological linguistic tests in Dubai
  • The manual is for the training of passenger transport drivers in Dubai
  •  A lot of people from India and Pakistan end up as drivers in the emirate
  • The move is to encourage safe and easy transport for all
  •  The tests will be applicable from October 1

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced that it has developed a manual of psychological and language tests for the training of passenger transport drivers in Dubai.

It is to be offered to institutes offering language and psychological tests for drivers and others wishing to contract with the Authority to qualify and train drivers to transport passengers in the Emirate. This  will be applicable starting from October 1, 2017, said a government press release. 

Abdulla Ibrahim Al Meer, Director of Drivers Affairs at the Public Transport Agency said: "The development of this guide comes within the framework of the Authority's efforts to define standards for the rehabilitation of the institutes provided to serve the drivers of passenger transport and other institutes wishing to contract with the Authority. The best method is the linguistic and psychological tests of the driving profession to transport passengers, which enhances the achievement of the vision of the body of "safe and easy transport for all", and raise the rate of satisfaction of customers, especially the segment of tourists, providing drivers with the highest level of competence and skills.

He added that the passing of these tests is one of the requirements for registration in the Foundation programs provided by the Department of Drivers in the Public Transport Authority of the Authority, which will be implemented on the first of October next, in order to revise the process of selecting drivers in line with the strategy of the third body " Quality and efficiency of the service to ensure increased customer satisfaction.

Al-Mir stressed that the guide enhances the partnership between the public and private sectors, a strategic objective of the Authority to increase the quality of its services to all segments of the society, especially that the delight of dealers is at the top of is at the top of the agenda of RTA.

Recently, recommendations for issuing an international driving licence to qualifying Sahrajah-bound Keralites was among those accepted in principle by His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, who is on a visit to Kerala, according to a joint communique issued by Sharjah and the Kerala government.

Interestingly, in April this year, a Dubai Police official said that Emiratis, Indian and Pakistani motorists top the list of drivers swerving dangerously when driving. This move from the RTA will be a step in the right direction to curb such incidents.