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Malaysia has been acknowledged to have one of the most well devised and strict process to acquire driving licence in the world. This can clearly be seen as how the Malaysian driving licence is accepted for use in over 50 countries around the world. The driving licence acquiring process are managed by the Road and Transport Department, and conducted by the collaborating driving schools around Malaysia.
To acquire a Malaysian driving licences, the applicant have to first register and send their application to The Road and Transport Department of their district. The registration can be done directly through the department or through the driving schools. The minimum age to apply for the driving licence is 17 years old at the year of registration.
After completing the registration process, the applicant will go through a 6 hour driving curriculum lecture including 3 hours practical workshop. This lecture and workshop sessions are implemented to provide the applicants basic theoretical knowledge about the rules, regulations, and driving safety, and practical knowledge on understanding basic vehicle anatomy and how to handle basic emergency cases such as a tyre puncture. Both of the lecture and workshop are conducted by the driving institute of the applicant choice. After attending the lecture and workshop at the driving institute, the applicant have to take part I examination. The part I examination consist of colour blind, identification and distinguishing capability, and knowledge on the Malaysian rules and regulation on driving. These test are done using computerised system excluding some special cases such as cases that deal with senior citizen and people who have problem with using computers.
After completing the part I examination, successful applicants will receive their learners’ driver’s licence. The learners’ “L” driver’s licence allows the applicant to drive with the supervision of a qualified trainer without any other passengers. With the learners’ licence, the applicant will go through a series of practical driving training session. The Road and Transport Department require the applicant to do a minimum of eight (8) training sessions that are done with the qualified trainer. These training sessions will be commenced within a minimum of one (1) month time span.
After completing the minimum 8 hours of training over a month time span, the applicant will be able to take the Qualifying Test at the Institute or QTI test. The test as the name is a qualifying test that the applicants have to be able to pass in order to take the part II and part III driving examination. As with the part II and III examination, the QTI test also consists of two part driving test. In the first part, the applicants will be tested within the driving circuit at the driving institute. For the second part, the applicant will be tested on the road within specific routes, approved by the Road and Transport Department.
Applicants who are successful in the QTI test are qualified to take the part II and part III driving test. As with the QTI test, applicants are tested in the driving institute for the part II, and on the road test for part III. Within the part II, the applicants are tested on three different situations, which is; driving over a hilled road, parallel parking, and three point turn also known as the “K-turn”. While in the part III the driver are tested for ability to drive in real road situation with the right driving implementation.
After completing the part II and part III examination, successful applicants will receive their Probationary “P” driving licence that are to be used within the two (2) years probation period. After the probation period, the applicant will finally be able to convert the probationary licence to a competent drivers licence at The Road and Transport Department.
Acquiring Malaysian driving licence.
Driving has been one of the essential skills in this time of age. However, to be able to drive in Malaysia, the driver need to have a valid Malaysian driving licence. To acquire the Malaysian driving licence, the applicant must be at least 17 years of age. The applicant must first register for a licence application to the Road and Transport Department. The registration process can be done via driving institute of the applicant’s choosing.
After completing the application, the applicant will go through 6 hours of theory lecture and workshop. in the theory lecture and workshop, the applicant or students will be given an in depth understanding on the on the Malaysian driving rules, regulation, and safety driving information, as well as practical knowledge about the vehicle, including how to manage simple emergency cases.
After completing the course, the student will go through part I driving test, which is done via computer system. The student will be tested on their knowledge about the rules, regulation and driving safety that they learned during the theory course, and also colour blindness and distinguishing and identifying capability test. The student needs to pass the tests to acquire the learner’s driving licence, LDL.
The learner’s licence will give permission for the student to advance to the next step, which is the practical driving course. The Road and Transport Department require the students to go through 8 minimum hours of the practical course within a minimum span of one month. Within the course, the students will be taught the skills and mechanics of driving. Only a qualified trainer allowed supervises the practical course.
After completing the course minimum requirements, the students can apply to do a Qualification Test in the Institute or QTI test. This test is required for the student to be able to take the part II and III of the driving examination. This test is exactly the same with the part II and III examination, with the only difference is that the QTI are conducted by the driving institute officials.
After passing the QTI, the applicants are now qualified to take the part II and part III driving examination. The part II of the test will be done in the driving institute circuit. The applicants will be tested on three situations; driving over the hill, parallel parking, and three point turn. During the part III of the driving examination, the applicants will be tested on their real time driving ability by driving on a specific routes that are approved by the Road and Transport Department.
After successfully completing the driving examination, the applicant will be awarded with a valid probationary driving licence, PDL. The probationary driving licence will be used within a two years probation period. After the end of the probation period, the applicant can convert their probationary driving licence to a competent driving licence, CDL.