Can’t wait to get your driving license and start driving around? This latest development may disappoint you.
According to a report by Malay Mail, it might take a longer time for new drivers to get their driving licenses as driving schools now have to deal with the backlog once businesses reopened.
This is because driving schools have to first address students who had their lessons cancelled midway due to the Movement Control Order (MCO).
Some schools have even opened an online registration during the MCO and they are now facing an increase in students. Due to this, schools are now facing a shortage of instructors and vehicles available for driving lessons.
Furthermore, the current SOPs that have been implemented in classes is one of the main reasons why students to take a longer time to complete the entire course.
Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, driving schools can accommodate up to 50 students in theory class, but the new SOP restricted them to fit only 20 to 25 students in one class.
Speaking to the daily, Kevin, the owner of Sekolah Memandu Gombak said that on average, students can get their driving license after 2 to 3 months before the pandemic happened.
As for now, it might take students about 8 to 9 months to get a driving license now, and it could even take longer, depending on the circumstances.
He also pointed out that the waiting time to get enrolled on a driving course is now approximately two years.
In the meantime, another school Sekolah Memandu Rakyat said they managed to clear most of its backlogs as they did not open an online registration during the lockdown.
As such, they can help current students to complete their driving courses.