Cayman driving exam goes high tech

| 08/12/2010

(CNS): The Cayman Islands driving written test has moved into the 21ist Century with the introduction of modern touch-screen technology. Aspiring drivers  sitting the written portion of the Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing (DVDL) examinations are now using the new screens which officials say will allow the department to increase the number of tests it conducts. DVDL Director David Dixon said the new technology was introduced to improve the efficiency, accuracy and security of the driving test’s written portion.

“It also means that we will be able to conduct written tests daily, rather than the customary weekly sittings,” he said. “We currently hold some 34 written tests weekly, but the expectation with the new system is that we’ll be able to increase that number to around 200.”

Deputy Director Richard Simms said that the touch-screen technology was acquired from US-based L1 Solutions. He added that the questions and symbols in the test are based on the CI Official Road Codes, the Traffic Law (2003 Revision) and associated Regulations.

“With this test, there is no need for pen and paper; the computer creates the test, corrects it and provides immediate results. This system will also allow multiple persons to simultaneously tackle different test questions,” Simms explained.

Adding that the new technology eliminates the human element while promoting greater accuracy and fairness, Simms identified another advantage: examiners can now focus on the driving test’s practical elements. “The old system meant that the same examiners administered both the written and practical aspects. This new technology permits them to concentrate on the road test, including parking and other practical angles,” he said.

The Minister with responsibility for the DVDL, Juliana O’Connor-Connolly said the touch-screen technology represented an important investment that was critical to improving the operations of the department and its service to the motoring public. She urged DVDL officers to ensure that aspiring motorists were fully informed on how to prepare for the test and how to use the touch screen computers.

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  1. YoungCaymanian says:

     this is great,i happy they upgraded, i’ll be taking my exam in 2011 an i cant wait to see how this new system works and to be able to get results immediately.. đŸ™‚ kool

  2. Anonymous says:

    Good advancement for DVDL.

    However, if 34 written tests are being done one day per week and there is a one to two week waiting period to book a written test you may have a capability of performing 200 per week but the demand would not be there. There will still only be the same amount of tests being done except the failure rate may increase that would cause an increase in demand.

    I hope to see an improvement in the waiting period for the practical tests now that you should have an extra day to do thepractical.



    • Anonymous says:

      Will Phillipinos be required to do this testtoo, or they are exempt once they bring their licence from their Country.