Learner drivers in Dubai can rate their instructor with Uber-style system

New app allows learners to evaluate the performance of their instructors at the end of a lesson

DUBAI, UAE. March 23, 2014- at Belhasa Driving School in Dubai, Friday, March 23, 2014. (Photos by: Sarah Dea/The National, Story by: Sananda Sahoo, Business)

Learner drivers in Dubai are now able to rate their instructors with a new Uber-style rating system.

They can evaluate their instructor at the end of a lesson using an app, the Roads and Transport Authority announced on Monday.

“This initiative matches RTA’s continuous efforts to improve learning and bring it on a par with the top international standards,” said Mansour Al Falasi, director of drivers training at the licensing agency at the RTA.

“This star-based rating will encourage instructors to improve the quality of training.

“It will also reflect on the annual assessment of the driving instructor.”

Mr Al Falasi said the rating system would also improve road safety across the emirate.

“From January to the end of the third quarter of this year, driving instructors have spent 1,684,650 theoretical and practical training hours with students at various driving institutes in Dubai,” he said.

“About 73,627 students have applied for driving licences during the same period.

“Driving institutes have about 2,000 driving learning vehicles and employ about 2,300 driving instructors and trial examiners.”