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New automated test for driving licence to become tougher

NEW DELHI: The Delhi government will not provide the driving license "very easily" to the citizens as the reports found that the Capital has a high rate of road accidents. The government had earlier planned to introduce automated driving test but now it has decided to make the test tougher.
The officials informed that the test would be tougher to crack for the people who wanted to get a license just for the sake of it. "We want people who are actually skilled to get the license should only get it," an official said.
He added that the test drive exercise suffered from a lack of resources and prompt monitoring, leading to allegations that even applicants with dubious skills pass the tests and get a license. The automated test-drive tracks would comprise sensors, CCTV cameras, and special manoeuvring pathways to test the driving skills. A Transport Department team had recently visited 2-3 states where automated tracks were being used and submitted its recommendations about appropriate technology to the senior officials.
According to reports, there has been over 50 percent decline in the number of people clearing the test. A senior official of the transport department confirmed this and said that 50 out of around 150 people successfully clear the test now, as compared to earlier when over 120 out of around 250 people cleared the manual test.
The Delhi government's Transport Department has set up automated test-drive tracks where the skills of applicants seeking driving licenses would be tested. With a growing number of vehicles on the city roads and the subsequent rise in the number of driving license applicants, a need has been felt for improved driving skills to bring down accidents and ensure smooth traffic flow.
From the previous daily average of 300 fresh applications, the number of applicants has now fallen to 120, said a source. On an average, 50 to 60 drivers fail on a daily basis, the source added. The government wants to institute such tests at all regional transport office in the Capital.
Tracks, equipped with cameras and sensors, will soon be developed at the Transport Department's facilities at Hauz Khas, Burari, Jharoda Kalan, Dwarka, Mayur Vihar, Pratap Nagar, Surajmal Vihar, Loni Border, Rohini, Raja Garden and Shakur Basti.
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