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RTA lists conditions to shift from Auto to Manual driving licenses

17 August 2017

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has now introduced the option for interested Automatic Transmission driver license holders to shift their licenses to manual transmission, in the light vehicles category. The service begins this October.

According to Director of Drivers Licensing, an RTA’s Licensing agency, it is possible for holders of light driving licenses in the category of Automatic Transmission to apply for shifting their licenses to manual transmission category this October.

The applicants would be tested without being subjected to training lessons at the RTA. The test will not be relevant to driving skills, instead, would focus on handling of the manual gear system. In case the applicant fails in the test, he or she would be notified about the same, and the applicant will have to re-apply after improving on the weakness.

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Certain skills are a must when dealing with manual transmissions, like for instance, paying attention to the road when shifting gears, ability to shift gears without distraction, and coping with smooth shifting between gears when driving. But, holders of Manual Transmission driving licenses can easily cope with Automatic Transmission without the need to take tests, as automatic transmission needs no action when driving.

RTA is making every effort to meet the needs of drivers through streamlined processes as they are closely related to the safety and security of roads and users. Such efforts translate into realizing RTA’s vision of safe and smooth transport for all.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries