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Soon, driving tests will be conducted by driving schools instead of the Road Transport Department (JPJ), deputy transport minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi told the New Straits Times in an interview. This move was proposed by the Malaysian Driving Industry Standards and Modernisation Council (Mapim).

“Currently, the power (including driving tests), lies with the Road Transport Department. In the future, the schools will conduct the tests, not JPJ,” Aziz said. “The entire management of learner drivers will then be under the purview of the driving schools,” the deputy minister added. The aim is to improve the quality and processes of driving schools.

Aziz noted that all driving institutions will be streamlined under a common online system for this to work. The deputy minister disclosed that he was targeting for the online system to be ready and adopted by institutions by 2018. “The new system will be implemented when the conditions set by the government, including a sound monitoring system, are in place,” Aziz explained.

Moreover, he gave assurance that the system would lessen the chance for “under-the-table” transactions, and hinges on openness and transparency. “There will be online pre-registrations where the rates are there for all to see, hence giving zero room for manipulation of fees, for instance,” he explained.

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On top of that, the system will also bring an end to agents and runners. “When transactions are done online and openly, with a monitoring mechanism at the back of this system, their services will be of no use to anyone,” Aziz elaborated.

Furthermore, to improve quality, driving institutions are also required to obtain ISO 9000 certification. “They (driving schools) must first attain international standards and be certified with the ISO 9000,” the deputy minister disclosed. Datuk Hanafi Mat Zin, president of Mapim, stated that so far, more that 50 driving institutions have attained the ISO 9000 standard, with more to follow suit.

Hannah said a task force will evaluate the school’s management, operation, public utility, quality and ICT. “Schools that comply with the ISO 9000 will be given a higher rating while those who failed will be left behind,” he said. He also explained that when the changes are in effect, JPJ will continue to monitor driving schools in terms of compliance with laws, policies, auditing and quality.