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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