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In Delhi, automated tests for driving licence at 10 locations from June 2018

Reversing in S-shaped tracks, driving uphill, swerving in 8-shaped bends to be the new additions to the test for a driver’s licence.

delhi Updated: Nov 20, 2017 10:30 IST
Sweta Goswami
Sweta Goswami
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Unlike now, where passing the test is completely on the discretion of the licensing officer, the new system will have no human intervention.
Unlike now, where passing the test is completely on the discretion of the licensing officer, the new system will have no human intervention.(Sourced)

Reversing in S-shaped tracks, driving uphill and swerving your car at bends shaped like an 8 -- all this while being monitored and marked by sensor-based CCTV cameras. Driving tests in Delhi are getting tough and automated.

From June 2018, every applicant for a driving licence in Delhi will have to take the new gruelling driving skill test at 10 automated test centres coming up in different parts of the city.

The high-tech test tracks will have tougher conditions which aspirants will have to fulfil before they can hope to get a permanent driving licence.

The test has been designed to ensure only qualified drivers get licences, which would help reduce the number of accidents on Delhi’s roads due to reckless driving.

At least 100,00 people have died in road accidents across the city in the last six years. But it is unclear how many of the deaths are related to rash driving.

A senior government official said four automated centres will come up at Delhi Transport Corporation’s existing terminals in Hauz Khaz, Shakur Basti, Raja Garden and Hari Nagar.

Three others are being built on the transport department’s land in Rohini, Dwarka and Jharoda Kalan. The rest will be in Burari, Sarai Kale Khan and Loni Road.

Once ready, the existing 13 transport offices will be dissolved and the new 10 centres will be the local regional transport offices (RTO).

Hi-tech test centres for driving licence
Where the Automated Test Centres will come up
How does one apply for licence currently?
An applicant has to go to a local regional transport officer. Performs driving test on the main road with inspector manually marking. Presently there are 13 centres. These will be shifted to 10 centres now.
What will the automated test tracks have?
  • Sensor-based cameras
  • Hairpin bends
  • Incline
  • Parallel parking
  • Zig-zag bollards to check car manoeuvrability
  • Reversing track, reversing in S shape track
  • Curvy roads
  • Sensor-based cameras will rate the applicant. An officer will look at the computerised reports and allot the licence.

At least 1,600 driving licences are issued in Delhi every day. Presently, the driving test is conducted on the road with usual traffic, where an applicant has to drive straight for less than a kilometre. An officer of the rank of licensing inspector manually marks the aspirant.

Transport minister Kailash Gahlot told Hindustan Times that the new test is being designed in such a way that any deviation or error made by the driver on the test track will be checked and marked using artificial intelligence (AI).

“Real-time video will be streamed and the vehicle’s path will be tracked using video analytics. The marking and test evaluation will be completely automated based on pre-defined algorithms,” Gahlot said.

Unlike now, where passing the test is completely on the discretion of the licensing officer, the new system will have no human intervention. The only task of the licensing officer will be to oversee the test, take a print-out of the result and sign it.

Calling the existing test pattern “haphazard”, the minister said at present, most of the driving tests are being conducted on the roads.

“The current system is lax and even non-skilled people are getting away with a DL, which results in irresponsible driving. It is not only dangerous, but also gives a very unpleasant environment to the applicant,” Gahlot said.

Two-wheeler riders will have to prove riding skills in a ‘serpentine’ track. Those who are able to ride on the track without deviating from the marked lines and within a stipulated time will ‘pass’ the test.

First Published: Nov 20, 2017 07:37 IST