The introduction of the “Manual Procedure In The Implementation Of Tests” was launched on the 21st May 2009. At that time, when asked to comment on its implementation, this blog witheld comments as it was just recently implemented.

Now, since it’s now more than 2 months since its inception, comments can now safely and fairly be made.

For the very first time, students have to individually “sign” the various tests documents such as Borang 4 and the blue test card JPJ L3 – No more is it possible for others to sign on behalf of the owner. To do this, would be classified as “forgery”.

Under the new system, students are to be tested in “sessions”. Each session takes approximately 2 – 2 1/2 hours, each comprising 40 – 50 students. This seems to be a good idea, as compared to previous ways of testing.

Students no longer need to come very early. They come according to the “sessions” their names are in. This not only saves time but also the time they have to wait for their tests to be conducted appears also to be shorter.

As long as there are no unforeseen circumstances such as “rain” or “massive traffic congestion”, each session’s scheduled tests would be conducted as planned.

Another new introduction in this new concept of test is what is called the “compulsory wearing of the seat belt”. When testing for the road test (Ujian Jalanraya) where the wearing of seat belts was “mandatory”, when doing the Part II aspect of the Practical Test, wearing the seat belt was “optional”.

It has now become necessary for a student to remember wearing the seat belts. Failure to wear the seat belt comes in the wake of stories whereby those undergoing test have been reported to be involved in accidents.

Therefore as the safety of the students are at stake, wearing of the seat belt is thus enforced.

But there are “driving instructor” who firmly believe wearing of seat belts hampers a student’s performance, especially when performing the Side Parking and Slope Test. But then the safety of the students come first.

If previously, driving institutes are asked to provide drinks and meals to testers, with the new concept of tests, institutes no longer have to be responsible for testers’ welfare.

This is in line with the government’s policy. Any way, all of the J.P.J. are bound by the G.O. or “General Order”.

One more new change brought into this system is the prohibition of late comers to be tested. They will be penalised. They can no longer be allowed to partake in the day’s test should they come late.

This decision has angered many an instructor. They might initially be making a “hue and cry” but eventually, they would get across it and accept this regulation after all. As the saying goes, “if discipline cannot be implemented into the student itself, then how is it possible to instill discipline into the driver later”.

These are but a few comments that can be made upon the system entitled “The manual procedure in the implementation of tests”.