New Training Modules for Drivers on the Way

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Source:  www.khaleejtimes.com 

DUBAI — The Licensing Agency at Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), will soon standardise driving training programmes at the five driving institutes in Dubai.

Dubai metro
Dubai metro

The programme, when implemented, will go a long way in ensuring a secure city free of road traffic accidents.

Ahmed Bahrouzyan, CEO of RTA Licensing Agency, stated that the Drivers Training and Qualification Department was in the process of preparing an initiative to design the first training syllabus for drivers of vehicles, buses, trucks and motorbikes.

The syllabus will be a combination of various models based on the best world practices, which will help reduce causes of road accidents within Dubai.

“We want to insure we have model drivers who can lead their way on the roads of Dubai and the UAE before obtaining driving licenses,” said Bahrouzyan

The syllabus is a mix of practical and theoretical learning and the aim is to enable drivers to obtain all the required driving skills through a number of training stages.

Each stage will involve new tasks and various types of roads with particular focus on the fundamental concepts of speed, safety and communication with others on the road.

“RTA’s Licensing Agency works hand in hand with the five driving institutes of Dubai, towards making these syllabi a reality. Pioneering projects to practically test the syllabi will be carried out within the next few months,” said Bahrouzyan.

The five driving institutes are Belhasa Driving Institute, Emirates Driving Institute, Dubai Driving Center, Al Ahli Driving Center and Galadari Motor Driving Center.

Meanwhile, the Roads and Transport Authority has decided to include autistic patients under the ‘disabled’ category, according to a senior 
RTA official.

They will be issued special photo identity cards and special counters will be set up to assist them at all customer service and vehicle 
licensing centres.

Mohammed Obaid Al Mulla, CEO Marine Agency and Chairman of RTA Customers Council, in a Press release on Monday said, ‘‘All advanced facilities, utilities and technologies, including parking, public buses, Metro, marine transport modes and taxicabs, are all aimed at easing the life of this category of customers.”

This development is part of RTA’s ongoing drive in adopt the best practices to benefit people with special needs, and will enable them to integrate into society.

The Dubai Metro will also provide special counter and facilities for autistic parients, Al Mulla added. Visibility and hearing-impaired individuals and those with the physical disabilities are already availing these facilities.

ahmedjamal@khaleejtimes.com