By Elsa Baxter
Plan launched to add 'professional nature to training drivers' and improve road safety.
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority has launched a scheme to train driving instructors and examiners to international standards to improve safety on the emirate’s roads.
The step has been taken to “add a professional nature to the occupation of training drivers in the emirate of Dubai,” the agency said in a statement on Monday.
The plan, which will see driving instructors issued with an RTA certificate once they have completed and passed the necessary training, will be implemented in six stages.
The first will cover all 120 test examiners currently working for the agency, plus any new examiners recruited to the team.
The second phase covers instructors working at the RTA approved driving schools, Emirates, Al Ahli, Dubai, Galadari, and Belhasa.
“The agency has become the first in the UAE that awards professional certification to driving instructors and examiners in a step to add a professional nature to the occupation of training drivers in the emirate of Dubai in keeping with the vision of the RTA to provide safe and smooth transport for all” said Mahmoud Al Marzouqi, director of the Drivers Training and Qualifying Department at the RTA's Licensing Agency.
The scheme’s third stage involves classifying instructors, while the remaining stages involve training other driving instructors.
“Through this project, the agency aims to ensure the availability of facilities for instructors and examiners and improve their driving skills and qualifications” said Al Marzouqi.
I think instructors themselves need more training than students. I have seen the way they train novice students and it is like anything but training. They mis-behave, shout etc. I think they don't know if the student know driving then there is no need to take the course! I myself had 4 teachers while training and you may not believe it, all 4 were telling me something different than the other while training.
I think also they have to educate first the teachers because I saw a teacher telling the student to drive the wrong way into an one-way street, when I asked him what he is doing he did not answer me and he told the student to reverse. I also totally agree with RTA regarding the news which I heard in the TV a while ago that the people have to do a refresh course but this should be only for drivers who have already reached a certain amount of points. I am not willing to do the refresh course because I have my German driving license 18 years and I never did an accident and never got any points. I am now 3 Years in Dubai without any points and I am following the rules I drive carefully and I never speed. I will not do any courses where I have even to pay fees for people who don't follow the rules. I will do the course if I am one of them with points but not if I never did something wrong. I think also they have to change a lot of other things like taking the driving license away from drivers who have a lot of points maybe already if they reached 10 points and then he have to do a new driving license. We called it in Germany idiot test. I think that all drivers will be more carefully then, because they can not go and pay it off or get it back in 1 months. They would think twice before they over speeds or high speed into the other lane passing the other car by inches and these even without indication. I am also sure that these people will fail the idiot test. I have another suggestion what RTA & the Police can do, they should drive undercover cars which are prepared with cameras so they can catch the people easier who over speeds or change lanes without space or changing lanes from right or even they can catch the people who love to drive without space behind you and flashing their headlights at you. And also they can catch the drivers who are using the mobiles. This method of undercover cars is working very well in Germany and I hope they will do it also here.
What a good idea, why don't we teach the driving instructors how to drive first? I cannot believe this, like this is all new and innovative? Problem you have though, is do locals go to driving schools? I don't think so, where in the world does anyone learn how to move across 6 lanes with no indicators at 180km/h? Teach children from nursery school age simple life saving driving skills as they certainly aren't going to learn from their parents. Get children to tell their parents to strap them in, not to talk on their phones and use indicators. It all comes down to a lack of education that is killing people on these roads. Certain nationalities have it in their heads that to use an indicator is bizarre, they do not know why you should observe a safe following distance, just plain basic knowledge is lacking sadly. Stop worrying about swine flu, just get these people to drive properly, they are far more dangerous than any virus.
I know exactly what you mean, as we have the same in Belgium. In fact, they even make a TV programme out of it and we can see people speeding and then lying and then being shown the video footage etc. Its quite fun! But how will that work in Dubai? Firstly - the cops themselves dont follow all the rules. I have been tailgated by them and most recently, just cut off by one who didnt care to indicate but just swung in front of my car, from one lane to the next. I almost crashed into them... imagine my plight, if I had!! Also - What happens if the offending car is being driven by someone important? Anyway... not that I'm against the idea. I guess something is better than the nothing it is now!