Dubai driving test adds new module

Now people taking their Dubai driving test will have to take risk exam using video technology

Knowledge story, The Knowledge

If you’re thinking about taking your driving test in Dubai, it just a got a little bit more difficult.

The Roads and Transport Authority have added a module to the exam which leads people on the path to obtaining a driving licence.

From Sunday those applying for the ability to hit the city’s roads had to take the Risks Recognition Test has now been tagged onto the Theoretical Knowledge Test for those hoping to get behind the wheel of a car, truck, motorbike or bus.

The fresh aspect of this will run five video clips displaying different scenarios from behind the wheel.

Potential drivers could be faced with the decision of what to do in tricky weather, such as rain, or what to when in tough dessert terrain. Additionally, the 25-second videos – which were created from 3D animations – could also mean those being tested will have to react timely and smartly when in scenarios such as a school area, highly populated pedestrian place, driving at night or a residential area.

It’s thought the new addition will help in the steps towards safer roads.

‘The introduction of the Risks Recognition Test complements the Theoretical Knowledge Test, launched in 2010, that sees about 200 thousand tests being conducted annually. The test has yielded positive effects on trainees as it contains vital information,’ The RTA’s Licensing Agency, Ahmed Bahrozyan.

At the moment the test can be taken in Arabic, English and Urdu in Dubai and from next September there will also be the option of Bengali, Russian plus other languages.

‘The training on the risks recognition is one of the key tests that contribute to enhancing the traffic awareness of driving licence aspirants on how to cope with different road conditions, and empowering them to better assess all risks in order to encounter them after obtaining their driving licences,’ he added. ‘The prime objective is to graduate drivers with high sense of safety, traffic awareness and skills in order to reduce traffic accidents in Dubai roads.

‘The Risks Recognition Test is implemented in all advanced countries, which boasts of a high record of traffic awareness and safety levels, and we have felt that it is necessary to introduce it in the Emirate of Dubai in line with its pioneering excellence drive.’

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