It will take longer to get your driver’s license due to backlogs

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It may take longer for new drivers to get their driving licenses as many driving schools face backlogs once businesses reopen.

According to malaysian mailone of the reasons for the backlog is that driving schools must first cater to students whose lessons were canceled midway due to the movement control order (MCO).

In addition to this, some schools opened online registration during MCO and are now facing an increase in student numbers but lack sufficient vehicles and instructors to teach.

Current SOPs that need to be implemented in classrooms also require students to take longer to complete the entire course.

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, driving schools could accommodate up to 50 students in theory lessons. According to the current SOPs, they can only accommodate 20-25 students in a class.

Also, students could get their driver’s license 2-3 months before the pandemic hit.

This affects both driving and riding lessons. Image: Malaysian Mail

Kevin, the owner of Sekolah Memandu Gombak, said The Malaysian Mail it can take about 8-9 months for students to get a driver’s license now.

He added that it was not a fixed schedule due to ever-changing circumstances.

Kevin also said the wait time to enroll in a driving course is now about two years.

While most driving schools are working on a backlog, another school, Sekolah Memandu Rakyat, has managed to clear most of its backlog.

A school staff member explained that they managed to do this because they did not open online registration during the lockdown.

As such, they were able to help current students complete their courses.


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