Driving tests for foreigners starting May

Azlan Othman

The Land Transport Department (JPD) at the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC) has announced a change in the application procedures for converting foreign driving licences, which will come into effect on May 1.

Under the new procedures, all foreigners who are within or residing in the country for more than 12 months, due to work or on any other business, are required to undergo the Highway Code Test and the Practical Driving on the Road Test.

New applications or first-time applicants who fail the test are required to register with any driving school appointed by JPD and to undergo a Highway Code Class for no less than three hours, as well as practical driving training for not less than five hours (subject to assessment from the driving school).

JPD said that it has noted the differences in foreign driving procedures and culture, as well rules and laws, compared to those in Brunei. Owing to this, there is a requirement for foreigners who are within or residing in this country (for more than 12 months) to undergo a driving test and convert their home state driving licence to a Brunei licence.

In the application process for foreign driving licence conversion which is currently underway, the applicant will first undergo an interview to find out his/her eligibility for endorsement whether he/she would need to pass a driving test first.

Subject to the results of the interview, the applicant can be allowed a foreign driving licence without having to go through a driving test first.

In Brunei-Muara District, foreign driving licences can be converted at the JPD Driving Test and Training Complex in Kampong Sungai Akar.

This service can also be obtained at JPD branches in other districts, by enclosing a complete and organised set of the required documents.

Public cooperation, especially among company owners or employers and foreign citizens, is required in line with the new procedures.

Contact the Darussalam Line at 123, or via the Darussalam WhatsApp at 8333123, or at the Darussalam website at www.123.gov.bn for information.