Tough new rules for Dubai driving instructors

RTA introduces new procedures for testers, instructors, in licencing system overhaul.
By Amy Glass
Sun 12 Oct 2008 10:29 AM

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will introduce tougher rules for driver’s licence testers and instructors, in a bid to boost teaching standards.

The authority said in a statement on Sunday it is considering the introduction of new procedures for qualifying driving testers and instructors, as part of a licencing system overhaul.

The new procedures will be tested in November, and involve the attendance of courses by instructors and testers to improve their skills.

Attaining a driver’s licence is notoriously difficult for completely unlicenced drivers in Dubai, with months-long waiting lists for lessons, and 40 instruction sessions required at a cost of 60 dirhams per lesson.

Ahmed Bahrozyan, CEO of RTA Licensing Agency, said the RTA would introduce basic standards and requirements for applicants wishing to work as driving instructors or testers in the emirate, he said.

The initiative aimed to boost traffic safety and ease Dubai’s traffic congestion, he said.

The authority is working toward lifting licence standards, so that driving licenses issued from Dubai and the UAE are “respected in all countries and the holder to be eligible for driving at any time, place and conditions”.

The RTA is currently looking at a major overhaul of the driver’s licence system, which includes studying the existing system and reviewing international driver’s licencing practices in order to implement these in Dubai.

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