Driving tests go electronic in Malaysia

From April 1, driving school students can take their tests alone in their cars while Road Transport Department (JPJ) officers monitor their performance remotely, in an effort to combat corruption.


Licence to drive: Muhammad Ridzwan Chum Abdullah showing off his licence after passing the e-Testing yesterday. PHOTO: Bernama/THE STAR

March 6, 2024

HULU LANGAT – From April 1, driving school students can take their tests alone in their cars while Road Transport Department (JPJ) officers monitor their performance remotely through an electronic tracking system.

This is part of the effort to combat corruption, announced Transport Minister Anthony Loke.

The candidates will take their practical tests, Ujian Kurikulum Pendidikan Pemandu-Ujian di Litar or Driver Education Curriculum-Circuit Test (KPP02), using cars outfitted with sensors and cameras that are tracked in real time by JPJ officers in a control booth.

Loke said he hopes the new system will increase the integrity of the JPJ driving test system and improve the efficiency of driving institutions.

“This will also reduce the amount of interaction between officers and candidates, which will reduce the likelihood of corrupt practices.

“This will help to restore the integrity and credibility of both the driving test and JPJ while making it easier and faster for both candidates and JPJ officers,” he said during a visit to witness the implementation of the e-Testing initiative at the Surfine Hitech Driving Institution here yesterday.

Loke said the new system would allow up to 150 candidates a day to undergo their KPP02 at a driving institute while only needing two JPJ officers to monitor the system through the control room.

He said for now, candidates can opt for either the regular driving test or e-Testing.

To encourage the adoption of the new system, Loke said candidates who opt for e-Testing will be allowed to immediately retake elements of KPP02 that they had failed within the same day and at no additional charge.

These candidates will also be given priority in waiting queues ahead of standard test candidates as well as receive a RM10 rebate when acquiring their Learner’s Driving Licence (LDL).

He also said driving institutions can charge up to a maximum of RM100 for candidates who opt for e-Testing.

Other than Surfine Hitech Driving Institution, e-Testing will also be offered at Berjaya Bhd Driving Training Centre in Ulu Tiram, Johor, and Institut Lima Bintang Abadi Sdn Bhd in Penang.

Loke also encouraged other driving institutions to transition towards e-Testing technology by 2030.

“These institutions are given the freedom to choose between any of the three e-Testing system providers that have been approved by the e-Testing project evaluation committee,” he said.

He also announced that driving institutions would be allowed to open computerised theory tests (KPP01) centres starting next month. This will enable candidates to take the computerised test and circuit test at the same place.

However, these institutions would be required to set up the e-Testing system within a year as part of its condition to open a KPP01 centre or theory test centre.

“This will make it easier for candidates to obtain their licence and reduce the waiting time as all their tests will be conducted at a single location.

Loke said the ceiling price for the KPP01 test will be set at RM17 for motorcycles and RM27 for other vehicles.

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