Wednesday, January 15, 2014

VID tightens screws, practical tests leading to the issuance of a driver’s licence to be done within its premises

THE Vehicle Inspectorate Department (VID) has started redesigning depots to ensure that 80% of the practical tests leading to the issuance of a driver’s licence are done within its premises.
A senior government official yesterday said the move was meant to guard against corruption.
Munesu Munodawafa, Transport and Infrastructure Development secretary told the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development that learner drivers’ tests would soon be computerised.
He said the system was now awaiting parliamentary approval and was expected to be rolled out in the first half of this year.
“We are doing a project under the build, operate and transfer arrangement which is called Zimbabwe Integrated Transport Management System,” Munodawafa said.
“Basically, this project will introduce e-driver provisional test. In other words you go to VID depots, instead of getting a sheet of paper and an examiner sitting in front of you, you get the questions through a computer writing system and you punch a button so the full test will now be marked by the computer.”.
On the redesigning of all VID depots, Munodawafa said the programme was being carried out at all VID depots countrywide.
“We have now started redesigning the examination depots. We now want the hill start to be done inside the depots,” he said.
“In Harare, for example, if you are being examined at Eastlea depot, you will need to go to Kopje and it’s now between you and the examiner whether you managed to do the hill start or not, but we are constructing hill start in Harare, Bulawayo, Gwanda, Victoria Falls and in Chitungwiza.
“We now want to create a standard hill start so that everyone who passes is examined by use of the same standard.”
Munodawafa said the new development entails that 80% of the content of an examination for a driver’s licence would now be done inside the depots to enable everyone to observe the process.
He said only 20% of the tests which include actual road usage would be carried out outside the depots.
Source: Southern Eye

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