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Driving schools offer cheaper way to pass tests

Postby admin » Thu May 06, 2010 1:31 am

RTD urged to go paperless to curb corruption

KUALA LUMPUR: It used to cost between RM1,500 and RM2,000 to get an illegal driving licence but driving instructors are now offering them for half the price, tempting learner drivers to choose the easy way out.

The cheaper alternative came about when driving instructors stopped “lesen terbang” or “flying licence” rackets that dispensed with the need of learners to sit the theory and practical tests.

These licences cost more because the driving school hired people to sit the test on behalf of applicants.

Confederation of Driving School Association secretary-general Harun Shafie said driving schools now recommended “lesen express”, for which learner drivers must sit theory and practical tests but they did not have to pass them.

He alleged that this arrangement was the result of networking between driving schools and Road Transport Department officers.

Learner driver only have to do one or two hours of driving instead of the normal 16 hours, and sit the theory and practical tests without the need to pass them.

“Some instructors charge RM700 for the services,” he added.

To weed out corruption, Harun said RTD should go paperless and adopt the digital signature system instead of filling in a form manually.

He was puzzled as to why RTD did not carry out the digital signature system.

At present, 20 to 30 per cent of students registered in a driving school are in the “confirmed pass category”.

The Driving School Association Malaysia said the "express licence" was offered by unscrupulous driving schools.

Its former president, Datuk Hanafi Mat Zain, said RTD's manual recording of data gave room for abuse.

"There are agents who guarantee that students will pass their tests. It is hard to control them."

He said he had proposed to RTD to go paperless.

"Once implemented, corruption will go down by 99 per cent."

Federal Territories and Selangor Driving School committee member Ahmad Shahaime said a paperless system would weed out corruption because it would be difficult for driving schools and RTD to change the data.

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Have money will get 'lesen express'

Postby admin » Thu May 06, 2010 1:32 am

OBTAINING a "lesen express" without having to work for it appears to be easy. All it takes is money.

This is what a New Straits Times reporter discovered when he went to two driving schools to inquire about getting a driving licence the easy way.

The reporter said he did not want to go through the six hours of theory classes or 16 hours of driving classes. One instructor said the candidate could attend the theory and practical tests for two hours and he would make some "adjustments".

When the instructor said this could be done for RM740, the reporter asked if he could have his driving licence without going for tests.

The reply: "We do not offer lesen terbang any more. Candidates need to show their face and sit the exam."

What about money for road test assessors? "We take between RM200 and RM250 from candidates to pay RTD officers.

"But that is usually as the last resort. If licence applicants are not confident about passing the road test, then we can arrange for it."

The instructor said "lesen express" was for those who were not confident about passing the theory test.

"Some customers are colour blind and they know they cannot pass the test. Some are illiterate while others are too lazy to learn."

Cody Tan (not his real name), 25, paid to pass his road test three years ago. He coughed up RM150 after two failed attempts.

"Although I did not feel threatened or forced into making the payments, the driving instructor gave me the option of paying for the test."

Ahmad Zakaria (not his real name), 18, decided to pay rather than go through the test.

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Easy way to pass is pure drivel

Postby admin » Thu May 06, 2010 1:33 am

THE Road Transport Department says it carries out stringent checks to weed out corruption in the issuance of driving licences.

Its director-general, Datuk Solah Mat Hasan, said the department recorded every detail, starting from a candidate's first training class to the final day of test.

"Our officers are always present at the exam centre," he said in Kuala Lumpur.

Solah said candidates must hand in their MyKad before they sit a computer test and RTD would scan their fingerprints to verify their identity.

"The only way to cheat is to cut the candidate's finger for use by another person sitting the test."

As for parking and hill tests, he said it was difficult to pay a tester and obtain a pass as there were witnesses throughout the exercise.

"And making a payment does not guarantee a pass."

He said the department also monitored road tests involving officers and students.

"The routes are monitored by undercover officers from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

"Some candidates are also undercover officers."

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Tri-agency blitz to tackle D-licence scam

Postby admin » Fri May 07, 2010 1:43 am

KUALA LUMPUR: The enforcement divisions of several government agencies will team up for a month-long covert operation to wipe out lesen express at driving schools.

Enforcement officers will pose as students.

It will be jointly undertaken by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Road Safety Department and Road Transport Department (RTD).

It is understood that while the RTD headquarters in Putrajaya will head the operations, MACC officers will operate independently.

RTD's previous attempts to wipe out the menace failed due to manpower constraints. With the added enforcement, the authorities hope to stop the practice.

"There are more than 20 driving schools in Selangor and fewer than 10 in Kuala Lumpur.

"Most of the driving school instructors and owners recognise the faces of RTD enforcement officers. This makes it impossible for the men to go undercover," sources said.

Sources said RTD would get its officers from other states for the joint operation.

New Straits Times front-paged an article yesterday on some driving instructors offering convenient "packages" to those wanting a short-cut to licences.

A candidate normally has to go through 16 mandatory hours of driving classes and pass the theory and practical tests before being issued a licence.

But through lesen express, it only takes an hour or two to pass the tests. Learner drivers have to sit for the theory and practical tests but do not have to pass them.

In the "cooperation" between driving schools and RTD officers, between RM700 and RM900 changed hands for each candidate.

MACC director of investigations Mustafar Ali confirmed that the agency was investigating driving instructors and RTD officers over the emergence of lesen express.

He said the commission would cooperate with RTD to get to the root of the problem to eradicate corruption within the department's ranks and among driving school instructors.

Mustafar said the issue was worrying as it meant there were many incompetent drivers on the road who posed a threat to other motorists.

Sources said enforcement officers would need to go undercover to flush out the perpetrators as most of the driving schools were privately-owned.

"We will go through the whole process with the instructors until we have enough evidence. Another team will come in to nab the crooked instructors," the sources said.

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