By Faisal Masudi gulfnews.com
Opticians may soon be authorised to renew driving licences, a top official said.
Ahmad Hashim Behroozian, CEO of Licensing Agency of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), said motorists should be able to renew driving licences at “trusted” eye care centres in Dubai by the end of this year.
Licence renewal applicants currently have to visit opticians for eye tests and personally hand over the report at RTA customer service centres or to Dubai Police.
But an online link planned between city opticians and the RTA will allow applicants to complete all renewal steps — including fine payments — at eye test centres. There will be no extra charge for the one-stop service.
Two optician chains — Al Jaber and Al Yateem — have already been authorised to provide the renewal service. Visiting applicants at other “trusted agents” will be issued an “interim driver’s licence” valid until the delivery or collection date scheduled for the renewed licence.