“It’s time to restructure the motorcycle learner’s permit”
PETALING JAYA: The government should review and revise the mechanism of learner motorcyclist driving license (LDL or “L” permit) according to the times, in order to ensure better competence of motorcyclists and improve
The President of the Malaysian Road Safety Research Institute, Professor Wong Shaw Voon, in calling for change, said the current system is outdated and poses a safety hazard to motorbike LDL holders and other road users. of the road.
Currently, the motorcycle LDL is issued to driving school students after they have completed and passed the first compulsory course of the driver education program and the computer-based driving test.
The LDL is valid for two years (although the holder must renew it every three months), during which time the holder must register with a driving school for motorcycle circuit training or the second course of the LDL program. driving studies.
The second course, which culminates in a test conducted by the Road Transport Department (RTD), is to certify that the license holder is competent to attain one of two classes of full motorcycle license (two wheelers), according to which is requested: “B2” for motorcycles not exceeding 250 cc and “B” for motorcycles with unlimited displacement.
Wong said most LDL motorcycle holders ride motorcycles on public roads after taking course one, not going through course two. Many also cling too long to their temporary LDLs.
“They are also brazenly going against the LDL limitation by carrying passengers, creating more danger to themselves and other road users.
“Until 30 years ago, there weren’t many driving schools in Malaysia. While most schools were designed to train students to drive cars and trucks, the places available to learn to drive and ride motorcycles were limited.
“So the LDL was issued to holders to practice and familiarize themselves with motorcycles on public roads, before taking the class test,” he said, adding that our roads do not weren’t as busy then and road safety wasn’t a big issue either.
Therefore, the issuance of LDL for motorcycles and the rules that came with it made sense. But now the situation is different as there are more driving schools all over the country where LDL holders can actually learn to drive and ride motorcycles.
In July, the RTD discovered that high-powered motorcyclists were using LDLs for too long without passing the proper tests to obtain the Class ‘B’ licence.
He said it’s worrying that these LDL holders are driving big, powerful machines at high speeds all over the country, without being officially certified competent enough to have a “B” license.
Universiti Sains Malaysia transport engineering professor Dr Ahmad Farhan Mohd Sadullah agrees with Wong.
“The current system and practice are not enough to guarantee the competence of the riders. Many school children learn to ride motorcycles from their parents and older friends, who themselves are not always competent enough. We want all legal riders to be competent, not just able to ride a motorcycle.
Ahmad added that without a major overhaul of the system, more incompetent motorcyclists will be on the roads, continuing the sad trend of motorcyclists making up the highest composition of road accidents and fatalities.
“The license is the government’s assurance of the competence of the driver of the vehicle. If the license does not guarantee this, then the system has failed.
Ahmad said revisions should also be made to the driving institutes curriculum, training and testing methods, and the application of RTD.
Such a major change in the system will require an integrated effort between government agencies, such as the police and RTD.