With an aim to stopping corruption and irregularities in the process of issuing driving licenses, modern test driving centres have been built at Amritsar and Tarn Taran, which will be inaugurated on Thursday.
At Amritsar, the centre equipped with latest technology, has come up near Gol Bagh with a cost of around `1.25 crore. Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia will inaugurate it in the presence of senior officials.
The final touch has been given to the automatic test driving track constructed for all kind of vehicles. “The test in the centre would be mandatory for every person seeking driving licence,” said district transport officer Lovejit Kaur Kalsi.
“Besides, for the medical fitness test, candidates are not required to go outside, as a doctor will be stationed at the centre itself. The licence will also be issued from here. Thus, all kind of facilities will be provided under single roof for convenience of driving licence seekers. It will lead to transparency in the process,” she said, adding, “In case the candidate fails to prove his driving skills, he will be trained here and the licence will only be issued after full satisfaction by the examiners.”
Amritsar deputy commissioner Varun Rujam said the modern system of testing would be helpful to reduce the number of road mishaps. “As the system will be online, none can get the driving licence without appearing in the test,” he added.
KAIRON TO INAUGURATE CENTRE AT TARN TARAN
A similar centre built near the traffic department office at Tarn Taran will be inaugurated by Punjab food and civil supplies minister Adaish Partap Singh Kairon.
Detailing about the project, which has cost around Rs 68 lakh, district transport officer Angrez Singh Hundal said, “The road accidents take place in large number daily just because the people are not expert in driving. Keeping this in view, the state government has established such kind of centres across the state.”
Tarn Taran deputy commissioner Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal said there would be no scope of cheating now. He said, “Advanced cameras have been installed on the track which will bring transparency in practice of issuing the driving licence.”