How you get your Abu Dhabi driving licence could soon change

A major overhaul of the current system is being studied

How you get your Abu Dhabi driving licence could soon change

Getting a driving licence in the UAE can be a little complicated.

At present, each of the seven emirates has its own process with its own criteria for you to be able to drive legally here.

But that could be about to change with a move towards introducing a standardised system across the UAE.

The Ministry of Interior has set up a task force in a bid to see how things could be done better and make the process smoother.

It could mean the introduction of a single driving test across the seven emirates.

It might also mean an end to the current practice of drivers from several countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States being able to obtain a driving licence here automatically.

A senior official from Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) outlined the plans at Serco Middle East's annual road safety event in Ghantoot.

More: Guide to getting a driving licence in Abu Dhabi

Hind Almuhairi, acting director of the RTA's Driver Training and Qualifications Department, told The National: “The aim of the committee is to identify the best practices across all the emirates and refine them, so there are no differences between the driving tests in different emirates across the country.

“Some emirates require you to take a certain number of compulsory lessons while others do not.

“In other cases there are significant differences in what is involved in the driving tests themselves.”

David Greer, chief executive at Serco Middle East, believes the current system of expats from certain countries being able to get a licence without doing a test here should be scrapped.

He highlighted the fact driving standards across the world can vary massively between different countries.

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