No more short-cuts to get driving licence in B'lore

No more short-cuts to get driving licence in B'lore

At the RTO, tout will be out; e-driving track will test your skills

With the country’s first electronic driving track set to come up in Mallathahalli near Kengeri in June, licence aspirants will have to deal with electronic gadgets that will watch and judge their driving skills.

The first state-of-the-art centre will have driving tracks designed in 'S' and '8' shapes. The tracks will have more than a hundred censors near the curves and speed breakers. The sensors will automatically deduct points if the driver is caught making an error by hitting the sensor-fitted poles while negotiating curves or speed breakers.

Closed-circuit TV cameras will monitor driving skills. If the driver scores the eligibility marks, he/she will be qualified for the online test where he/she has to answer a questionnaire pertaining to road signals and road safety.

Only after the driver passes all these tests, his/her application will be considered for issue of driving licence, Bhaskar Rao, Commissioner Transport Commissioner of the Karnataka Government told Deccan Herald.

Licence-seekers will get an on-the-spot result sheet. By paying a nominal fee, they can also have a CD recording of their performance.

The centre is fully computerised and devoid of human interference in order to end the menace of middlemen in the process of obtaining a licence.

The centre is coming up on a 2.5-acre land and is likely to be operational in the first week of June. The Centre can test around 600 applicants in a day including 400 two-wheeler licence seekers.

Initially, DL seekers from Kengeri and Rajajinagar Regional Transport Offices (RTO) will be sent to this centre for test. The State Transport Department plans to set up similar centres in Parappana Agrahara and Yelahanka later.

The project is funded by the Union Department of Information Technology to the tune of Rs 1.5 crore.

Around 3.6 lakh driving licences are issued in a year by the 10 RTOs in Bangalore city alone, with 60 per cent being two-wheeler DL seekers.