Driving licence test to get tougher

Automatic Sensors For 2 More Test Tracks At Centre For Drivers’ Training
Car driving licence seekers would soon have to clear tougher tests as two more tracks (H-type and gradient) would have advanced sensors for generating accurate observations and identifying minor faults.The installation of sensors was under way for the past few days. The work would get over by the end of November. Thereafter, the Regional Transport Office (RTO) would start using sensor-based results to declare if a candidate is eligible for a licence or not.

The sensors would be connected to a computer lab. A software will generate the real-time observations and identify errors of the applicants while taking the driving test.

Every applicant at present is expected to drive a car on three tracks (8-shaped, H-type and gradient). Of them, only the 8-shaped tracks have advanced sensors.

The Pune RTO is first in the state to adopt advanced tracks and sensors for driving tests. The RTO shifted the test venue to advanced tracks in 2014. It has made the process stricter as against earlier manual methods that had very limited scope to check driving skills of applicants. Earlier, there were no proper tracks to check driving skills on gradient and the skills of reversing the car to park it in a given slot. The city based motor driving schools have welcomed the installation of sensors on the remaining tracks. They claimed that though the sensors would make the tests more difficult, the move would ensure candidates having good driving skills would pass the test.

“We never opposed the use of advanced technology . We always ask candidates to take the sessions seriously . The RTO inspectors will now have to ensure smooth running of sensors,“ said Raju Ghatole, the president of the state association of the motor driving schools.

Ghatole, however, demanded that RTO needs to install more tracks to bring down pendency . Despite repeated follow-ups, the transport department has not set up additional tracks in the past two years, he said.

The advanced tracks are installed on the campus of the Institute of Driving Training and Research (IDTR), a premier institute of the Union government set up for the training of drivers. The failing percentage was up soon after the driving test was shifted to 8-shaped tracks having sensors.

Source : TOI