The Licensing Agency of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has introduced a unified curriculum for training and qualifying individuals intending to obtain driving licences for light motor vehicles.
The curriculum has been distributed to all driving institutes in Dubai and has been put into effect from the start of this year.
The new curriculum was introduced after it was endorsed by the Consultative Council that included members from driving institutes and RTA experts," said Ahmed Bahrozyan, CEO of RTA Licensing Agency.
The unified curriculum is transparent and clear for those interested in obtaining driver licences.
It has two components - theoretical component which has 8 basic lectures mandatory for trainees to attend as they cover safety standards and shed light on how to groom as an able driver competent enough to shoulder the road responsibility after obtaining the driver licence.
The practical component comprises five basic stages which the trainee has to pass, particularly as they cover internal and external manoeuvres on roads.
The new feature added to the practical training caters to educating learners on sudden braking in emergency cases.
After clearing the final test and before obtaining the driver licence, the trainee has to undergo a driving experience on highway for two hours to ascertain his or her ability to cope with the vehicle.
It is delivered in three main languages - Arabic, English and Urdu.
Among other benefits, the unified curriculum helps verify effectiveness of instructors in order to re-train poor performing instructors before renewing their training permit.