In an age
defined by technology, India is also slowly yet surely progressing towards
modernisation of its systems and governance. Punjab has been a witness to such
a wave of progress after the state implemented the country’s first Automated
Driving License Test Track Centres in all its DTOs (District Transport
Offices). These facilities located in 28 different locations throughout the
state facilitate the issuing of new driver licenses and eliminate any human
interference or corruption while testing the applicants driving capability.
Pvt. Ltd. an end to end solutions provider has partnered with the government of
Punjab to setup these automated test track facilities. The company initially
ran a pilot automated test track last year in august and after receiving
appropriate sanctions began operations of these tracks at different DTOs
through the state from April 21, 2016 onwards. The government of Punjab has
invested approximately Rs 45 crore in this project and has sanctioned 32 such
centres. The company has further received approvals to begin a pilot program in
Indore for a similar automated test track.
studies conducted on the subject suggest that applicants ended up paying 2.5
times of the required fees to obtain a license through unauthorised means. Studies
have also shown that around 60pc of license holders did not appear for the
driving test. The practice of applying for licenses through commission agents
is prevalent through the country however these automated test tracks eliminate
the role of such commission agents. S Darbara Singh, DTO (District Transport
Officer), Hoshiarpur, said "Previously the DTO in Hoshiarpur issued more
than 100 new driving licenses but after the implementation of the automated
driving license test tracks an average of only 50 licenses are issued per day".
Automated Driving Test Track Centres operate on the parameters of practical
tests using HD cameras which track the applicant’s movement through the track.
For four wheelers applicants need to clear four separate tests which include a
gradient test, parallel parking, 8 shape test and reverse S test. Applicants
for a two wheeler license however have to clear only one double 8 test. The
applicants must clear these tests in a stipulated time and without crossing
marked lines more than two times. Upon clearing the test the applicant is
issued the driving license within 30 minutes.
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