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Commercial driving licence to be issued by only govt’s training certificates

The move would ensure that applicants do not submit fake training certificates through touts to get a commercial licence.

delhi Updated: Jan 28, 2018 22:07 IST
Sweta Goswami
A commercial licence is issued to those who drive taxis, buses, trucks and auto-rickshaws.
A commercial licence is issued to those who drive taxis, buses, trucks and auto-rickshaws. (Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)

The Delhi government will make it mandatory for commercial driving licence applicants to get training certificates from their empanelled training centres, said an official.

The move would ensure that applicants do not submit fake training certificates through touts to get a commercial licence.

A senior transport department official said from March, all applicants will have to apply for a training session through its upcoming online portal. A commercial licence is issued to those who drive taxis, buses, trucks and auto-rickshaws.

“This is to eliminate the nexus of touts who are issuing fake training certificates to prospective commercial drivers. The practice is so rampant that our empanelled motor training schools remain underutilised, which shouldn’t be the case given the volume of commercial licences being issued,” an official from the transport department said.

The Delhi government has 62 motor training driving schools (MTDS) which have a capacity to train over 3,400 drivers on a monthly basis for getting a commercial licence. Senior transport department officials said that a while Motor Vehicle Act makes it mandatory to submit a training certificate, in most cases, touts help the applicants submit fake certificates.

“Even those who have to get their permit (licence) renewed are supposed to take a two-day refresher course at our school. But, this is not happening and is posing safety hazard for other motorists and more importantly, the passengers who use cabs, autos or buses,” said another official.

At least 100 commercial licences are issued by the city’s transport department every day. Until last week, the total number of commercial licences issued in Delhi was over 4.23 lakh.

Biometric attendance

In a first, the transport department is also going to introduce biometric attendance system for the applicants in order to ensure they attend all modules of the training course over the 30-day period.

“Be it the 30-day fresher course or the two-day refresher course, the training certificate given to candidates will also be based on their attendance. Under the existing system, attendance records are maintained manually,” the official said.

The move comes after the government received a number of complaints not just about the touts, but also that applicants, at present, do not complete the entire course and still manage to get certificates.