Dubai transport sector regulator has introduced a new norm that residents applying for a driving licence will have to undergo first aid and emergency training.
The new enhancements are part of the Roads and Transport Authority’s (RTA) policy of making periodic improvements to its programmes as well as keeping pace with the latest technologies.
“RTA is keen on introducing the latest smart technologies wherever possible, making life easier for everyone in line with its contribution to Dubai’s Smart government initiative,” Gulf News quoted Ahmad Hashem Behroozian, CEO of RTA’s Licensing Agency.
Behroozian said the RTA is looking at ways to incorporate first aid and emergency response training in driving curriculum. He added that people do not know how to respond to emergencies such as heart attacks while they are driving and RTA wants to educate them.
He also said that a short health and emergency management course will be added to the driving curriculum shortly.
The RTA is currently trialling a project of automating the yard test, a key milestone in the driver’s training programme.
Yard tests are conducted to test the basic skills of trainee drivers before they are taken out on the road for the final stage of training.
“The smart automated system will ensure that there will be no human intervention during the test. This will ensure reduction of mistakes in judgement, which can happen by examiners. When human intervention is involved, the chances of error in judgement are higher, so use of technology will minimise the margin of error. We are trying to use smart solutions wherever possible to help people and make them happy,” said Behroozian.
Similar systems are already being used in some countries, including South Korea, from where the technology is being procured and being piloted at Dubai Driving Centre (DDC).
DDC said they are working with RTA in automation of yard test. A team from South Korea, where the system has been in place for 10 years, is working on this with them. The system replaces the human examiner with the computer system, which will examine a trainee driver’s small manoeuvres.
DDC said a similar system could also be implemented in the final road test.
During the pilot project, which could last until the end of this year, drivers will first be trained in the manual training yard, before being familiarised with the smart yard ahead of the yard test.
The manoeuvres that will be tested by the smart system include parallel parking, angle parking, garage parking, hill start, slope test and emergency braking exercise.
To begin with the system will be implemented only for light vehicle licences and once its merit is proven it will be used for heavy vehicles as well.
RTA is also working the training of instructors and examiners to enhance the process of training as well as making the testing process smoother.