KUALA LUMPUR: The cost of online driving licence assessment will be reduced to RM20 from the current RM27 by Jan 1, following moves to liberalise the present system, says Transport Minister Anthony Loke.
He said the ministry did not want to create a perception that this service is monopolised by any particular company.
“We have decided to open it to any driving institute ranked three stars and above which fulfils requirements,” he said during a press conference at JPJ office here yesterday.
He noted the move will see online assessment fee lowered to RM20 from the current RM27 offered by 103 examination centres under e-services through MyEG, KOMMS and Myspeed.
Loke said that MyEG, KOMMS and Myspeed would not be affected by the move which will see some 200 examination centres being set up nationwide.
He added that JPJ will notify the driving institutes by November for them to set up special tinted glass rooms with CCTV for the online test to be conducted.
Loke also announced that the JPJ is currently studying a proposal to merge car and motorcycle driving tests. He said an announcement will be made, once a decision is reached following the study.
Separately, a JPJ officer who helped a deaf and mute woman resolve an issue at the department recently was commended by Loke.
He presented a certificate of appreciation to Nurul Fatihah Shamsudin Shah, 27.
Nurul Fatihah, who learned sign language as a student in SM Tunku Ampuan Durah, Seremban, said she was glad to be able to help the woman last Wednesday.
A 90-second video recording of Nurul Fatihah using sign language to help the woman lodge a report against a driving institute went viral on social media last week.