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New theory test for driving licence in Dubai

The new test by RTA includes 35 questions and prospective drivers will have to pass it as a first step to acquiring a driving licence in Dubai

  • By Sara Janahi, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 January 12, 2011
  • Gulf News

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  • Image Credit: Rex Features
  • Students who score over 65 per cent in the new theory test will pass the test and will be eligible for the road test. Image for illustrative purpose only.

Dubai: The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) on Tuesday launched a new theory test for prospective drivers which will replace the traffic sign test.

The new test includes 35 questions and prospective drivers will have to pass it as a first step to acquiring a driving licence in Dubai.

The test will be conducted in all five driving centres in the emirate, said Ahmad Hashim Behroozian, CEO of the Roads and Transport Authority Licensing Agency, during a press conference.

"This test is more comprehensive and will test the students not just on their knowledge and understanding of road signs, but how to handle road hazards and guidelines on safe driving," Behroozian said.

The examination is available in Arabic, English and Urdu. The RTA is also considering adding more languages in future.

Appointment system

The RTA  has also introduced an appointment system for road tests for applicants seeking driver's licence.

The appointments system will help candidates save time, said Ahmad Hashim Behroozian, CEO of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) Licensing Agency, during a press conference on Tuesday.

"Earlier, students were asked to come by the batch and wait all day for their road test. The new appointment system will simplify the process, and we wish to respect the customer's time and do not want to make him or her wait all day," he said.

"A student can take an appointment for his exam through the five driving centres," Behroozian said adding that "more methods will be added by February or March to book an appointment for the tests through the RTA website or by calling the toll free number 800 9090".

First step

Students who score over 65 per cent in the new theory test will pass the test and will be eligible for the road test, the RTA official said.

This was part of the revamp of the driver's test procedures launched  on  Tuesday  by RTA. The new theory test will replace the previous traffic sign test, said the official.

The new test, which will have 35 questions, will be required as the first step in acquiring a driver's licence in Dubai and will be available in all five driving centres. "This test is more comprehensive and will test the students, not just their knowledge and understanding of road signs, but how to handle road hazards and guidelines on safe driving," Behroozian said.

The examination is available in three languages, Arabic, English and Urdu. The RTA is, however, considering more languages to be added in the near future.

"We understand the need for more languages, especially with the great diversity in the UAE population. More languages will hopefully be added ... The examination is also available for the illiterate by providing the questions in voice-over in three languages as well," said Behroozian.

Do you think this new test will help weed out bad drivers? Have you come across any other effective testing systems in other countries?

Comments (20)

  1. Added 16:19 January 12, 2011

    This step forward would realy help License seekers to get more knowledge about safe driving. I appriciate the efforts of RTA in this regard.

    masood ahmad, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 15:20 January 12, 2011

    Dear Catherine,Well written. I completely agree with your view points and i have nothing more to add. Kudos. Its not the rat race world its just the attitude and drama that people do on the road. JUST SHOW OFFs. they pretend to be so busy by driving recklessely and others follow the same habit.

    Mathew Litty, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 14:37 January 12, 2011

    All said and done for the new applicants, but what about the people who already have a license. it is a common notion among [some] that getting a license in the UAE is akin to the best thing achievable in this world. After going through the ordeal and getting the license, they seem to forget what they learnt and become arrogant. This arrogance is seen on the roads today where no signboards are given its due respect. I agree to what Catherine has said and this is not the case only in Al Ain, but also in the whole of UAE particularly Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. This show of might is not restricted to the [one community] alone. Measures must therefore be taken to punish over zealous errant drivers whoever they are and take them off the road immediately.

    Dilip, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 14:36 January 12, 2011

    From when this is going to effect???

    Ruk, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 14:34 January 12, 2011

    For these tests,you would require some extra fees.Re-tests would be there too. Also training at driving schools for these tests would be another cost. Atleast 5-10 Indian languages needs to be added. To learn English to answer these questions, would be another tution required for those who are not that good in English. Howsoever tests you add, the `attitude' of the people cannot change. They will speed , flash -lights, honk, drive rash, park improperly. All the best RTA for your efforts.

    Nataraj, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 14:05 January 12, 2011

    The RTA testers should all be fired. My wife who has been driving for 10 years in Iran and in Germany, failed her practical test twice. First time she was told to drive slower, 2nd time drive faster. And both times the same person tested her!! Up until now, I have paid 5000 AED for her license!!!

    Ramin, Dubai, Afghanistan

  7. Added 13:51 January 12, 2011

    Wont be useful, will make the entire training procedure more hectic...

    Sajith, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 13:41 January 12, 2011

    i personally feel / reccomend to have a computerised road simulation , with the worse / expected situations that could arise during driving.. explore the latest technologies & it's appreciated to have a sticker for the new drivers,even some may not be comfortable.it can reduce accidents to some extend.i feel new drivers should not be allowed to drive more than 2000cc / 4 x4 ,atleast for 6 monthss..

    Joji Olivero, Dubai, United States

  9. Added 13:40 January 12, 2011

    I think they should give more importance on practical tests. Though this is too a good point. But students should be given at least a trial on how to drive in different weather conditions, diffences in handling during that times, and the increase in braking distances. And when the instructors feel the students are skilled enough they should be taken to highways at least once and should be made to drive at standard highway speed of 120km/hr. What I have found is new license holders when they hit the highway for their first time they keep moving from the left and the right edge of the lane due to the lack of control and doesn't react to keep the car being [hit] by the wind.

    Rahul Jones, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 13:39 January 12, 2011

    Why are you using a picture from a country which is obviously not the UAE ?

    Maz, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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