By Majorie van Leijen www.emirates.247.com
While men are required to pass a night driving test before obtaining a driving licence in Dubai, women are exempt from this rule.
“The night driving test is meant to test the ability of new drivers to drive in the dark, which is different from driving during the day,” explains Ahmad Hashim Behroozian, CEO of the RTA Licensing Agency, which is responsible for the unified tests of Dubai’s driving schools.
“However, the implementation has led to some problems, and right now we are looking at ways to solve these problems,” Ahmad explains.
“For some women, driving a car after daylight hours in the presence of a male instructor is problematic,” Ahmad explains.“Therefore, we have decided that only male driving students need to pass this test.
“For female students, we are looking at other options. But at the time being, females are exempt from this test.”
Drivers generally experience different conditions while driving during evening hours, which needs additional knowledge.
“The first time I drove during the evening I did not know which lights to use.
“I did not know whether to use the high beam lights or the low beam lights. I had to figure this out myself,” says S. Kumar.
“We do not want driving students to experience new situations for the first time without the presence of a driving instructor,” explains Ahmad.
It is an essential part of the curriculum.
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