Learner Driver’s License Test goes electronic

by | Apr 27, 2021 | Local News | 0 comments

Brian Rungano Temba

Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Development has taken a giant step towards elimination of fraud and corruption in the Learner Driver’s License test system.

This was revealed by the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development Honourable Felix Mhona during the launch of the Electronic Learner Licence System (ELLS) at Masvingo Vehicle Inspection Depot on Sunday.

” The data captured during the test including the results of the test by the ELLS is sent to other traffic and transport agencies such as Central Vehicle Registry,” said Hon Mhona.

The electronic system eliminates the human element during assessment of learner drivers. This has the net effect of minimising rent seeking behaviour by examiners and learners which is the biggest driver of corruption.

The ELLS is fully integrated with related governmental departments such as the Vehicle Inspectorate Department (VID), Road Motor Transportation and Central Vehicle Registry. This makes the process fool-proof as results of a test are instantly shared across all relevant platforms.

The electronic revolution breathes a fresh sigh of relief as it has the capacity bring forth a safer environment to Zimbabwean roads as it brings to an end fraudulent licencing of incompetent learners drivers.

During the test a learner interacts with a user friendly computer, with features of the ELLS system that include 1000 questions randomly selected during the test.
The same computer captures their image as part of the registration process thereby removing the hassle of getting passport size photos done at a different location.

“Grading is done in real time meaning that the prospective driver receives his or her results immediately after completing the test,” added Hon Mhona.

ELLS was developed under Zimbabwe Integrated Transport Management Information System (ZITMIS), a public private partnership between government of Zimbabwe and Southern Region Trading Company.

Said Hon Mhona, “ZIMTIS is aimed at fostering efficiency and eliminating corruption in the following sectors; road traffic policing, driver testing, driver licensing , vehicle licensing and registration.

“This removes human element that is responsible for human error and corruption that passes incompetent and unroadworthy drivers and vehicles which are responsible for 90 percent of the road carnage,” said Hon Mhona.

Hon Mona said the objective of the project is to create a robust and effective electronic into the grated transport system that supports President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s vision of an upper-middle-income economy by 2030.

He said his ministry is targeting per cent road accidents by more than 10 per cent annually.