Delhi govt is ready to examine videography possibility for granting driving licence
Very soon you are tested at the wheel for a driving licence, be ready to have your performance video-recoded. The Delhi government informed the Delhi High Court on Friday that it had agreed to the court’s suggestion to record practical tests taken by licence-seekers as a step to prevent untrained or rash drivers from getting licences particularly in order to check irregularities in issuing of licences, both commercial and private, to unskilled drivers.
The government standing counsel informed a Bench headed of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal that “we are in process of informing our training schools that they should do the needful”. Thus, for this process videographers will be hired to record for both commercial and light vehicles. High Court then asked to file a status report detailing the procedure and how it intends to go about implementing it, along with the given period of time. Adding to his words he says, “CCTV cameras have already been installed for indoor tests and now videographers will be placed”.
The Bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal asked the Delhi government if practical tests (driving test) conducted before granting of licence under the Motor Vehicles Act can be video-recorded in the last hearing in April this year. The government said it will examine the possibility of doing the same.
Hearing on the PIL filed by social activist Pawan Kumar who alleged that there was collusion and rampant corruption in the city’s transport department, and blamed its officials for a spate of accidents causing by speeding or rash driving.He also sought directions to the department and other agencies to reduce accidents by untrained drivers, who need to be identified at the very first stage when they apply for a license.
On the last date of hearing, Justice Mittal wondered why the department doesn’t videograph the tests under taken by applicants to check corruption by its staff and bring in greater transparency in the process. HC recommended that the recordings of such practical tests must be preserved for a long time to zero in on people who cause accidents due to reckless driving.