All is set for the introduction of electronic Provisional Driver Licence tests at Vehicle Inspection Department Depots in an attempt to reduce interface with officials as well as minimising cases of alleged corruption.
The automation process is also meant to eradicate chances of manipulating the results of the tests.
This comes as a welcome development to Zimbabweans who for a while now bore the brunt of corrupt VID officials.
Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ) spokesperson Mr Tatenda Chinoda said the e-PDL exams start on December 1.
“From 1/12/18 PDL exam will be computerised starting with VIDs in Harare,” he said.
“To discuss more about this please attend the Computerized PDL Indaba to be held at Traffic Safety Head Office on Wednesday 7 November 2018 from 5-7pm pronto.”
A technology startup focusing on provisional drivers’ test tips and road rules has been advocating for the automation of VID testing centres.
“This development is both exciting and very progressive, we welcome the development as it will go a long way in bringing Zimbabwe to international standards of driving theory knowledge aptitude testing,” Road Rules CEO Mr Tawanda Chikosi said in an interview.
He highlighted the system’s potential to weed out corruption.
“What is even impressive is the system’s ability to wipe out corruption by removing human intervention in the testing and marking process. We give credit where it’s due and this one is well deserved,” Mr Chikosi said.
In June this year, 62 VID officials were fired for issuing certificates of fitness to unroadworthy vehicles and provisional driver’s licences corruptly.
The Zimbabwe driver’s licence is internationally-recognised but has been losing its lustre due to wanton corruption in the issuance of the document, which is adversely damaging its reputation.