On any given day, at least 50% Gurgaon residents who come to apply for a licence fail their driving test.
Had it not been for some leniency shown by authorities, most of the remaining half too would not fare too well.
Surprisingly, most of the applicants have already been driving on city roads. But on the testing grounds, it becomes a different ball game.
“We try to make applicants comfortable and give them a chance to re-try on the spot. Only when we see a person is no good and needs more practice, we reject their application and ask them to come back,” said Jainarain Dahiya, the district inspector, who has the final say in deciding if people get their driving licence.
He sits in the open monitoring new drivers as most of them struggle to manoeuvre the specially designed number 8-shaped road track.
The young and old, men and women make a beeline at the driving test track near the district court.
Coming out disappointed after failing to clear the test, Pinky Oberoi (30) said, “Though I can drive on roads, I got conscious here since experts were monitoring my every move.”
While Oberoi vowed to come back again, Lalita Yadav (25) walked out smiling after getting her licence papers stamped for approval.
Some 60-70 aspiring drivers turn up for the test everyday of which around 15-20 are women.
“More number of women fail the test than men,” said the inspector's assistant, Suresh, even as he stamped a go-ahead for 50-year-old Bal Kishen Das.
After driving through the 8-shaped track, a candidate is supposed to go through a viva on road signages. Interestingly, many of those who drive well are not aware of the signages.