How to shift from ‘Auto’ to ‘Manual’ driving licences

have to pass a simple test

DUBAI 17 August 2017: Dubai’s Automatic Transmission driver licence holders can now to shift their licenses to Manual Transmission, in the light vehicles category. The service will start this October, said the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA).

“Applicants would be tested without subjected to training lessons at the RTA. The test would not relate to driving skills, but would rather focus on the handling of the manual gear system. In case of failing the test, the applicant would be notified about his or her weaknesses and may select the appropriate way for improving those points before re-applying for a test,” said Jamal Al Sada Director of Drivers Licensing, at RTA’s Licensing Agency.

“Dealing with Manual Transmission needs certain skills such as the attention to the road while shifting gears, ability to shift gears without distraction, and coping with the smooth shifting between gears while driving. It is a different case scenario for holders of Manual Transmission driving licenses. They can easily cope with the Automatic Transmission without requiring tests, as the automatic transmission needs no action while driving.

By Rajive Siingh