Sunday, May 19, 2013

INFO: Driving licence similar to MyKad from August

KOTA KINABALU: The Road Transport Department (RTD) will issue a competent driving licence (CDL) which is similar to the MyKad, beginning this August.

Its director-general Datuk Ismail Ahmad said the initiative was a continuous transformation by the department to improve the quality and durability of drivers’ licences.

He said the move was aimed at addressing problems raised by licence owners, including forging and the quality of current driving licences.

“The introduction of the new design will see a couple of safety features which are not easy to duplicate as well as quality and durability of the card.

“The public who will be renewing their driving licences in August will be the first batch to receive this new CDL card,” he said at a recent meet the public event at the RTD complex in Bundusan.

Also present was Sabah RTD director Mohd Shuhaili Mohd Taufek.

According to Ismail, existing licence card holders are not required to change to the new card, but may do so for security purposes.

“All the security features of the new driving licence card is similar to the present MyKad,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ismail said RTD had also launched the Malaysian Vocational Licence (MVL), which combines three types of licence into a single licence, namely Public Service Vehicle (PSV), Goods Driving Licence (GDL) and Conductor Licence (CL).

He said through this new system, MVL holder only needs to pay RM20 for all the three licences, compared to RM20 for each licence previously.

“This will benefit more than 149,909 vocational licence holders who have both the PSV and GDL licences,” said Ismail.


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