29-12-2012,KUALA LUMPUR: The automatic transmission driving licence will be implemented nationwide in May after the driving curriculum is revised, said Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri.
He said the new driving curriculum would enable learner drivers to learn to drive and take a test in an automatic transmission car.
“The ministry is not in a hurry to implement the automatic transmission car driving test to be fair to driving school operators.
“We need to give them time as they have to replace manual transmission cars with automatic transmission cars and this is costly,” he told Bernama.
He said despite the introduction of the automatic transmission driving licence, learner drivers could choose to learn and take a test either in a manual or an automatic transmission car.
Rahim anticipates that more people, especially older learners and women, would prefer to drive in a car with automatic gears as it was a lot easier.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said those who passed the test for the automatic transmission driving licence test would not be allowed to drive cars with manual gears.
“Only those who have taken the manual transmission licence will be allowed to drive both manual and automatic transmission cars,” he said when contacted by the New Straits Times yesterday.
On the new driving curriculum, Rahim said it would focus on producing discerning and disciplined motorists to help reduce fatal accidents as human factor was the root cause behind 60 to 70 per cent of accidents.
"Previously, our curriculum emphasised driving skills and knowledge of the highway code, but now we want to churn out considerate motorists."
On the Kejara demerit system, he said there was no proposal to replace the system as it was still relevant and used in many countries.
Under the system, drivers who get 15 demerit points the first time will have their licence suspended for six months.
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13-1-2012 , IPOH: Learner drivers who pass their automatic transmission driving tests will only be allowed to drive automatic transmission vehicles starting May, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said.
He said through the new system, those tested using manual cars would be allowed to drive both manual and automatic transmission vehicles.
"We are formulating a plan to modify the New Driver's Education Curriculum which includes the option of using automatic cars for testing.
"We leave it to learner drivers to choose between an automatic or manual car for their test.
"Being tested in a manual car entitles the licence holder to drive both types of transmission, while automatic transmission driving licence holders can only drive automatic cars," he told reporters.
Previously, the government announced a proposal to use automatic transmission cars for driving tests in May after changes in the New Driver's Education Curriculum.
On the teaching of road safety education in Malay at secondary schools, Kong said the government plans to extend it to Form Four students, so as to create a road safety awareness culture among the younger generation. Kong said a text book on road safety education has already been prepared this year for Form One students.
"This is an imitative by the government and relevant agencies, including the Road Safety Department (JKJR), to help motorists become more responsible and adhere to traffic regulations," he added.
In April 2007, JKJR and the Education Ministry introduced road safety education, delivered in Bahasa Melayu, at 1,000 selected primary schools. BERNAMA