September 28, 2021

South Africa is rolling out a new learner license system – what to expect

The RTMC have stated that while some computerized systems have been introduced as far back as 2011 in some locations, those systems are now obsolete and not working.

South Africa is rolling out a new learner license system – what to expect

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The Department of Transport and the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) have introduced a new digital learner license system across South Africa. In a presentation to parliament on Tuesday (31 August), the RTMC said that the Computerization of Learner License Testing Centres (CLLT) programme aims to modernize the current system.

They also stated that the CLLT wil help to reduce or remove the element of corruption in the system. Initial rollouts of the CLLT system have already started in Gauteng, with early work beginning in the Free State, Eastern Cape, Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal. The full project is set to be completed by March 2024.

The RTMC have stated that while some computerized systems have been introduced as far back as 2011 in some locations, those systems are now obsolete and not working.

The CLLT classroom is typically equipped with about 20 kiosks with an equal number of touch screen CLLT computers. All applicable questions per test type and the required marks to pass a specific test are maintained on the eNaTIS system. This includes options for the applicant to respond on-screen as well as audio in all 11 official languages.

When entering the classroom, the examiner will allocate a specific terminal to the successfully identified applicant before entering the test room. The terminal will then require the personal details of the applicant. The system will randomly generate the test questions for the applicable test for each terminal, the questions will be downloaded onto the test terminal temporarily (after the test has been authorized, the questions will be deleted).

The answers to the questions will then be verified on the eNaTiS.

The CLLT forms part of a significant technological overhaul at driving license testing centres across South Africa in an effort to reduce wait times.

Sources: Business Tech

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