In an announcement on Bursa Malaysia, MyEG has revealed that it has received approval from the Road Transport Department (JPJ) to set up an Automated Training and Driving Test System. The e-Testing system will be a proof of concept (POC) that assesses the competencies of driving test candidates.
According to MyEG, the POC will run for two months from 1 December 2021 until 1 February 2022, and will be used to evaluate whether the system is suitable for commercialisation. No other details have been revealed, but the concept of an e-Testing system in Malaysia has long been in the works.
The automated process was first proposed by then-Transport Minister Anthony Loke back in 2018 to minimise human interaction. This was apparently aimed at preventing “Kopi O” licences and “Guaranteed Pass” packages, referring to instances where students would bribe instructors to pass their test.
JPJ had successfully conducted trials of the e-Testing system at four driving institutes in Johor and in January 2020, the department announced that the system would be widely implemented in June. The automated system evaluates the driving skills of candidates electronically, with computer-generated results.
However, because the COVID-19 pandemic hit shortly after, no news of the implementation has come out since, especially considering that driving schools have periodically shut its doors during lockdowns. This automated system is just one of various projects that MyEG has been exploring this year, including a digital wallet, buying three-dose vaccines, and even opening up an online grocer.
(Source: Bursa Malaysia)