The Ministry of Interior launched Tuesday a training system for drivers, overseen by the Licensing Affairs Department of the General Directorate of Traffic, that is considered the first of its kind in the Middle-East.
The new system was inaugurated today in the attendance of Assistant Director-General of Public Security Major General Abdullah Mohammed Al Suwaidi and a number of officers at the Ministry of Interior. It aims to provider a better process of following up on teaching at driving schools in the state, and improve the outcomes from those schools. It is a comprehensive digital systems that covers the registration process, training, tests, and obtaining the license.
Director General of Traffic Mohammed Saad Al Kharji said that the new electronic system is more transparent in terms of the results and will lead to better drivers. He noted that there was a decline in the number of accidents and deaths resulting from it, saying they were a results of the efforts of all the parties involved in organizing traffic.
He said that the new system has 18 languages, to facilitate the process for people from different backgrounds. He added that the trainee can post his observations on his teacher and the process in general after he installs an application on his phone. He also noted that the system will provide a better measure of the number of hours of practice, which guarantees trainees their right of getting the appropriate amount of training.
Al Kharji said that the system is the first of its kind in the region. He added that the majority of training cars have been equipped to become compatible with the system. He forecast that the end of the year will see a 100 percent of school not require human intervention for starting and competing the process.
For his part, Secretary of the National Traffic Safety Committee Brigadier Mohammed Abdullah Al Malki said that the system is a precedent set by the State of Qatar in the Middle-East. He noted that the system will also guarantee the graduation of an accomplished driver. He highlighted that trainees will be less anxious in the new system during the test, given that no policeman will have to be in the passenger seat next to them. He stressed that the State of Qatar remains committed to achieving all international road safety goals and limiting the number of deaths resulting from traffic accidents.
Head of the department for drivers' Licenses Major Salem Fahad Al Marri said that the system will digitize the process of registration, training, and testing. He said that the General Directorate of Traffic follows up on a total of 25,000 driving students a month in all nine driving schools. It also has to check on more than 1200 training cars and oversees more than 1000 driving instructors.
Al Marri added that the new system will see the trainees benefit from the entire 45-minute session, as it has set up sensors and cameras to ensure that the time has been used. The cars' data and information themselves have also been uploaded to the system, so that everything related to its registration and condition can be managed electronically.
Cover image credit: QNA Photo Instagram Page
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