Driving Schools To Be Equipped with Biometric Attendance


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Yet another commendable effort to make our roads safer. People now cannot obtain driving license without actually driving a car. [thumbsup] Here's a report from TOI (Link).
NEW DELHI: It will not be easy anymore to obtain a certificate from any motor driving training school by skipping actual training. Considering the high prevalence of people faking the records of mandatory 21 hours' training, the transport department of Delhi government is developing a software to link all motor driving institutes.

According to the plan envisaged, a person has to go for biometric attendance during training, which can be checked by officials of transport department and those issuing driving licences. "We will have this software in place in the next one month. Then we will ask all driving training institutes to follow the new norm," said Ranjit Kumar Singh, deputy transport commissioner at a conference on training of drivers of heavy vehicles held at the College of Traffic Management (CTM) in Faridabad.

City's motor licencing officer Anil Chhikara added that at present, driving training institutes keep attendance registers of trainees and it's easy to alter records. "You will find people bringing certificates from these institutes without even undergoing practical training. Once we have the biometric system, officials can check attendance," Chhikara said.

Annually, at least six lakh licences are issued or reissued in Delhi and there are only 70 motor driving training schools. Singh said they are also considering to rate these institutes in the near future. "Maharashtra has done this rating and Orissa government plans to make it mandatory for every applicant to undergo training from a recognized training school. The best practices are being adopted by more states, which is a good sign," said joint secretary (transport) Nitin Gokarn.

Delhi is also the first state which has made it mandatory for all driving licence holders of heavy vehicles to undergo refresher training when they go for renewal. Every year at least 60,000 such licences are issued or renewed in the capital. "All other states must replicate this and the Central government must ask them to follow suit. To make our roads safe, we are also recommending to the Centre to have a zero tolerance policy towards alcohol consumption by bus drivers," said road safety expert and CTM director Rohit Baluja.
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Yet another commendable effort to make our roads safer. People now cannot obtain driving license without actually driving a car.
Uhm personally i think this is a massive overhead, instead of monitoring the process why cant we just have a strong exam process(both theory and practicals) as how most of the western countries do. There is more probability of failing a driving test in europe(scandinavian countries especially have a long process) than passing. This way the outcome is tested and not how many hours you spent training.

i strongly feel unless the driving test standards are seriously upgraded and we have a process of elimination(rather than a process of selection ) we wont be able to get the idiots off the road. If we start now may be 2 decades later the streets will begin to get safer.[roll]
 
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I recently spoke to a fellow who is a motoring enthusiast and went to obtain his learner’s license. He told that nowadays it is not that easy to obtain a license. One has to visit and attempt a proper theory based computerized exam that includes several small but significant questions. However, he also added that passing for permanent license could be much simpler in comparison as the examiner just asks to drive for a short distance and come back (No more formation of ‘8’). On the other hand, some driving schools are taking as much as 2500 bucks for getting the license approval procedure done without a single effort (through illegal means). So I highly believe that the road side driving schools are one of the biggest culprits here. This step is sure in a right direction.

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but guys how are they going to implement this system?? well as far as i know training drivers pick learners from their homes only?
 
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but guys how are they going to implement this system?? well as far as i know training drivers pick learners from their homes only?
You have got a good point, and moreover our RTO official's will easily sign on any paper's(even their suicide letter) as long as you wave a kadak 500 note in front of them.
 
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