The Automated Driving Test Online Licensing and Training Center at Naruana village, located on Badal Road in 1.25 acres of land, has started a new chapter in the road safety allowing only the trained and tested drivers to make way on roads, thereby minimizing accidents. This was disclosed by Punjab Transport Minister Mr. Ajit Singh Kohars here today.Elaborating on this Rs 2 cr pilot project of the Government of Punjab, which is now being replicated at 32 places in the state, Mr. Kohar said that driving school offers all facilities meant for getting learner licences and permanent driving licences from registration to getting the document made under one roof.
Kohar said that since its inception in April 2015 deputy CM Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, the center has issued 27027 driving licences so far of which 5440 were issued in the month of December 2015. “The popularity of this project can be gauged from the fact that in December 2015 total 5440 licences were issued in 21 working days. This gives an average of 259 licences per day, which translates into new licence being produced every 1.84 minutes,” he said.He said that added to this, the Punjab government has entered into a liaison with the Maruti Company that teaches driving. The Maruti staff teaches assigned syllabus and practical training in a module of 20 days. The learner is taught and shown basics of driving, is allowed to drive on a simulator run on latest Windows 7 and then for 10 days undergoes practical training.He added that the simulator training module was a comprehensive one wherein the first time learners’, especially women, feel safe driving on a computer and then are confident enough to roll out own wheeler in field.
Kohar said that the applicant is issued token number, appears for test on touch screen tablets on road safety and signages, get documents made and the licence the learners’ licence is given in 1 hour, while permanent licence is issued in 2 hours form the onset of registration procedure. The applicant undergoes medical examination on spot. He added that the applicant appears for test on track laid for 2 wheelers and 4 wheelers wherein examinee’s every movement are captured on cameras. Those who do not qualify in the test are asked to appear again after a period of seven days.