Come April and SAS Nagar residents will get driving licences in just half-an-hour provided they clear a computerised driving test.
The new system will end red tape and delay. For this, a new driving track and online licence and training centre spread over three acres has been set up at Papri village at Sector 82 in SAS Nagar.
The track is equipped with nine closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras and four sensors that will help in conducting the computerised driving test. For obtaining a licence, one has to score 80 marks out of 100.
The setting of the new driving track is part of the Punjab government initiative under which 32 modern driving test tracks are being established in the state, including the one in SAS Nagar.
The system aims at bringing transparency and reducing interaction of transport office employees with applicants, thus checking corruption.
Besides CCTV cameras, motion sensors and webcasting facility, the centre will have fingerprint scanning and biometric of an applicant can be crosschecked before the start of the test.
In case the applicant fails to clear the test, he will be allowed to take the test in the next two weeks. The track is inspired with the automated driving test tracks in European countries.
The automated driving test centre has “eight-shaped” tracks where the applicant will be required to reverse the vehicle, track to drive straight, zig-zag, an elevated road is also provided where the applicant will be expected to drive straight and then reverse it.