Residents looking to get a driving licence will now get one only after clearing a driving test with Punjab transport minister Ajit Singh Kohar on Thursday inaugurating the newly-built automated driving test centre at Kapurthala.
Part of the Punjab government initiative under which 32 such facilities are being established across the state, the Rs 1.36-crore centre has been constructed by the public works department (PWD) on 1.25 acres.
While addressing the gathering at the inauguration function, Kohar said besides testing the applicants’ driving skills, the track would help them get a licence the same day after clearing the test and eliminate the issuance of licences without a test.
He said the tracks at the centre were aimed at checking the applicants’ ability to manoeuvre the vehicle on curves, rotaries and intersections and their ability to park the vehicle.
District transport officer Kanwaljeet Singh said the centre would ensure hassle-free issuance of licences.
Around 1,500 applicants apply for a permanent licence, while 2,200 apply for a learner’s licence every month in Jalandhar. Earlier, most of the applicants got licences without undertaking a driving test.
The centre missed three deadlines before its inauguration. Having missed the first target of January, the deadline for completing the construction was first extended to February and later to March 20. The PWD still could not finish construction due to technical reasons. The track was finally opened on Thursday.