The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has come up with a draft notification proposing detailed set of norms with regards to the accreditation of driver training centres. This is in a bid to impart quality driver training to Indian citizens. The ministry clarified those individuals who successfully learn driving from these centres will be exempted from taking a driving test at the time of applying for a driving license (DL) at the Regional Transport Offices (RTOs).
"Further, the Ministry has also provided that, any individual on successful completion of driver training from such centers, will be exempted from the requirement of driving test while applying for a driving licence," an official release stated.
"The step will also help the transport industry to have specially trained drivers, which will improve their efficiency and reduce road accidents," according to an official release. The draft notification which was released on January 29 has been uploaded on the website of the ministry for public consultation and will be formally issued in due course. The move primarily is aimed at reducing road accidents by half by the year 2025.
In his address at the National Road Safety Council meeting recently, Union Minister Gadkari referred to Sweden where there is zero-tolerance for road accidents.