The government has postponed the implementation of driving tests using automatic transmission cars. It was scheduled to start last month, but has been delayed by pending approval of the allocation to print relevant books and material for driving schools with the new driving education curriculum.

Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri told Bernama that the estimated expenditure was RM5 million. “The new curriculum is ready and we expect the tests to be implemented within this year,” he added.

It was back in 2009 when the government annouced that auto-only driving licences would be issued. The May 2012 target was released late last year. This move is to make it easier for older folks and women to obtain a driving licence. It is said that the new curriculum stresses on producing courteous and disciplined drivers, instead of just comprehension of traffic rules.

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