The government on Monday launched an Electronic Learner’s Licence Testing System as a way of eradicating corruption at the Vehicle Inspection Department (VID).
This new system was introduced to increase transparency as well as reduce human involvement in the issuance of drivers’ licences.
The system entails that prospective drivers do not need to bring licence photographs anymore, and marking is now being done automatically upon completion of the test.
Speaking at the launch of the new system which was developed under the Zimbabwe Integrated Transport Management Information System (ZIMTIS), Transport Minister Joel Biggie Matiza said:
The security features inherent in the ELLTS also guarantees that fake provisional drivers’ licences and drivers’ licences are eliminated.
The system enhances accountability by having added features for audit trails. The testing software has a bank of more than 1 000 questions, which are randomly selected by the computer.
Therefore, students can never predict which questions they are going to receive and the grading is done as soon as a student completes the final question.
This not only cuts down on waiting time but also prevents any kind of corruption between the students and the official on duty, who might accept bribes for passing a student, when they actually failed.
This integrated system will bring together the strategic components of road traffic and transport management, promote the efficient use of national infrastructure and sharing of information among relevant Government departments and agencies.
Matiza said the launch od ELLTS would reduce traffic accidents on the country’s roads. He added that drivers’ licenses will no longer be issued to people who would have failed.
Further, the new system is an attempt to harmonise and standardise driver training and testing requirements within the SADC region, said Matiza.