Now, students will get learner’s driving licences in Mumbai colleges
MMVD said Mumbai colleges should conduct these tests without charging students any amount, but students will have to pay Rs200 plus taxes for the licencemumbai Updated: Jul 23, 2017 23:48 IST
College students will soon be able to get learner’s licences to drive two and four-wheeler vehicles from their institutions without visiting Regional Transport Offices (RTO) or hiring an agent.
The RTOs will conduct online tests in colleges and if the students pass, they will receive the learner’s licenses. Last week, the Maharashtra Motor Vehicle Department (MMVD) issued a circular with policy guidelines to all the RTOs. The circular, a copy of which is with HT, has guidelines like the RTOs can conduct such driving licence camps but only at government recognised colleges.
The RTO officials said the move was aimed at changing popular misconception among youngsters that the government system is corrupt and reducing the footfall at RTOs.
For these camps, the colleges will need computer labs with at least 10 inter-connected computers, 2mbps internet connection and printers. The circular cleared that the tests can be conducted using tabs in absence of computer labs.
The circular further states that colleges should conduct these tests without charging students any amount, but students will have to pay Rs200 plus taxes for the licence. The colleges must prepare a list of students appearing for the test, verify and upload their documents and pay online fees, added the circular. “Interested colleges should apply at RTOs in advance,” read the circular.
RTOs will conduct one camp a college every year, but one more can be conducted based on merit. The RTOs have been asked to depute motor vehicle inspectors, cashiers and other necessary staff members for these camps in colleges. They have also been directed hold these camps in maximum number of colleges.
The policy guidelines also suggest RTOs to spread awareness about road safety among students. “Road Safety drive can also be conducted along with it,” read the circular.
As a pilot project, the MMVD had conducted such a camp in Kirti College.The department had also authorised Industrial Training Institutes (ITI) for training drivers by issuing them learning licences, but the move failed to kick start owing to a lukewarm response.
RTO officials, welcomed the new guidelines, but are sceptical about its success owing to shortage of staff and response from colleges. A senior RTO official said that there should be restriction on the number of tests per day, but the condition of just single camp in a college annually needs to be changed.
“The polytechnics and ITIs should also need to be covered, besides colleges,” said the official.
Presently, the department is switching to upgraded SARATHI 4.0 system, developed by the National Informatics Centre. This web-based system will allow people to fill an online form, make online payments and upload documents.
According to the Motor Vehicle Act, conducting tests about knowledge of traffic rules, signs and other things is mandatory before issuing learning licences. In Maharashtra, the test is conducted online and the applicants who answer 60% questions correctly, get learning licence. The licence has a validity of six months and the applicants need to apply for permanent licence before its expiry.