Nigerian applicants from driving schools are to write a computer-based test (CBT) before the issuance of a driver’s licence.
The Federal Road Safety Commission,(FRSC), Sector Commander in Delta State, Patrick Okoyeocha, revealed this in a statement in Asaba.
Okoyeocha noted that the new policy is sequel to the successful transition of the FRSC Driving School Standardisation Programme’s (DSSP) portal from version 1.0 to version 2.0.
According to him, it has become necessary for the commission to enlighten the public on this upgrade, so as to accommodate motorcycles, tricycles and articulated vehicles.
“More spectacular to this upgrade is the CBT. It is important for the general public to know that the CBT was introduced to enhance the integrity of the National Driver’s Licence.
“It is also to check the unwholesome practices by some driving schools that issue certificates by proxy, without conducting an adequate training of applicants.
“The CBT is also to align with global best practices on driver’s education and the need to tackle the high level of road traffic crashes resulting from human error which contributes to more than 75 per cent road traffic crash related cases in Nigeria.
“The CBT test comes into effect on June 1, after a successful trial (pilot scheme) from May 6 to May 30 and so far, the CBT has recorded 80 per cent success in all registered driving schools across the nation.
“At the end of the 25th session, 30 multiple choice questions are expected to be answered in 30 minutes. After completion, a candidate’s score is displayed and transferred to the DSSP portal for processing of certificates.
“Successful candidates with the pass mark OF 60 per cent and above can now apply for the National Driver’s Licence using his driving school certificates.
“A candidate who fails the CBT is requested to re-sit after seven days and the exact date of the re-sit will automatically be generated by the CBT application. The essence is to ensure integrity of the driver’s licence process and ultimately to produce drivers who are well trained that will ensure reduction of carnage on our highways,” he added.