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Nearly two years after originally scheduled, the implementation of driving tests for vehicles with automatic transmissions will finally begin in April this year, reports Harian Metro.

The new Class D driving licence is part of a new driving education curriculum that will go into effect at the same time, which is said to encourage courteous and disciplined driving. It targets a wider audience, particularly women and the elderly, who have yet to obtain their licences.

The tests were postponed from the planned implementation date of May 2012 due to delays in the approval of the budget allocation to print new material that feature the new syllabus, as well as problems with the Road Transport Department’s (JPJ) much-maligned MySikap online system.

The automatic-only driving tests follow on the heels of another recent JPJ announcement concerning licences – earlier this week, Bernama reported that the MyLesen programme’s nationwide implementation was also scheduled to begin in April.