Driving licence holders who want to renew their licences might soon have to go through a test that will check their driving skills. While the proposal is for the state of Punjab, the pilot project will be initiated in Mohali. The transport department has sought legal opinion for making amendments in the Punjab Motor Vehicle Act.
Sources in the transport department said that the the decision was taken as now the process of issuing the driving licences is automatic and every applicant for renewal of licences will have to undergo the physical test at the new automated facilities in the state.
Punjab Transport Commissioner Harmail Singh Sra said they want to make an amendment in the Punjab MVA so that the renewal of old licences could also be done on the basis of the new automatic system. Sra added that the licence holders who apply for renewal of driving licences would have to ensure that they can drive without errors and that they would be monitored using CCTV cameras.
The transport commissioner also said that with the amendment in the act, Punjab will be the first state to conduct a test for the renewal of driving licences.
He added that if any licence holders failed in the test, the licence will be canceled and he will have to apply for the new licence by following the entire procedure. He added that they want to bring transparency in the process of issuing licences and the amendment is a part of it. “We have sent the proposal for legal opinion and the report will come in a day or two following which it will be discussed in the Cabinet and then it will be tabled in the assembly,” said Sra.
Sra said those applying for renewal would be able to avail themselves of the facility of driving school at the automatic licence issuing facilities across the state. He said the new proposal was aimed at curbing road accidents in the state.