Driving tests get hi-tech boost

Aspiring drivers sitting the written portion of the Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing examinations now have the benefit of computers with touch-screen technology, according to a government press release.

The system came online this month.

DVDL Director David Dixon said the new technology was introduced to improve the efficiency, accuracy and security of the driving test’s written portion.

“It also means that we will be able to conduct written tests daily, rather than the customary weekly sittings,” he said.

Emphasising the test’s impact on efficiency, he added, “We currently hold some 34 written tests weekly, but the expectation with the new system is that we’ll be able to increase that number to around 200.”

Deputy Director Richard Simms said the touch-screen technology was acquired from US-based L1 Solutions. He added that the questions and symbols in the test are based on the CI Official Road Codes, the Traffic Law (2003 Revision) and associated regulations.

“With this test, there is no need for pen and paper; the computer creates the test, corrects it and provides immediate results. This system will also allow multiple persons to simultaneously tackle different test questions,” he said.

He added that the new technology eliminates the human element and promotes greater accuracy and fairness. Another advantage, he said, is that examiners can now focus on the driving test’s practical elements.

“The old system meant that the same examiners administered both the written and practical aspects. This new technology permits them to concentrate on the road test, including parking and other practical angles,” he said.

Minister of District Administration, Works, Lands and Agriculture Juliana O’Connor-Connolly said the touch-screen technology represents an important investment, and one that is critical to improving the department’s operations and its service to the motoring public.

She urged DVDL officers to ensure that aspiring motorists were fully informed on how to prepare for the test and how to use the touch-screen computers.

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The written driving test will now be done using touch-screen technology. Checking out the system, from left, are DVDL Supervisor of Driving Licensing Roy Bush; Works Ministry’s Deputy Permanent Secretary Tristan Hydes; L-1 Solutions Manager Hal Songer; Works Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly; DVDL Director David Dixon and Deputy Director Richard Simms.
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