Better JPJ guidebook for learner-drivers and driving instructors


  • Nation
  • Friday, 03 Jan 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: The Road Transport Department (JPJ) will introduce two new books to replace the current driving school textbook in a move to improve the quality of driving lessons. 

JPJ director-general Datuk Dr Mohd Shahar Sidek said the two books – a guidebook for students and a manual for driving instructors – would still follow the current driving school curriculum but would be structured differently and written in a way which would be easy to read. 

“The guidebook will be made compulsory for everyone taking driving lessons,” he told reporters after attending a Hari Raya gathering-cum-Clients’ Day, organised by Puspakom at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club here yesterday.  

Dr Mohd Shahar said the guidebook would also be useful to those who had already passed their driving tests as it was a comprehensive reference point for good driving practices. 

“The two manuals will be launched by the end of this month. They will be affordable and sold almost at cost,” he added. 

Dr Mohd Shahar said the two new manuals would be a good way to improve driving standards without extending the instruction time or changing the curriculum. 

“The two books will essentially have the same content, such as how to drive defensively or how to handle stress while driving,” he added. 

On calls to increase the duration of driving lessons and to make the obtaining of driving licences tougher, Dr Mohd Shahar said the JPJ would instead look at how the present instruction process could be further enhanced and optimised. 

“I am sure many parts of the present system can be further improved. For example, the current structure requires five hours of lectures. Is every second of the five hours used effectively? Similarly, instructors are required to have six hours of theory and practical lessons. Are the lessons done properly?” he asked. 

Dr Mohd Shahar said while corruption on the whole had been eliminated, it could not be denied that there were still some isolated incidents occurring.  

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