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30 Percent Driving Licences in India Are Fake

Road transport and highways and shipping minister Nitin Gadkari speaking at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi on Friday.

Road transport and highways and shipping minister Nitin Gadkari speaking at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi on Friday.

According to Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, around 30 percent of driving licences in our country are “bogus” and the government has now proposed a new Motor Vehicles Act to bring transparency into the system, making it corruption free as a result. He also said that the new Motor Vehicles Act has been prepared after looking and studying the same models implemented in countries such as Canada, US, Germany, Japan and Singapore. The aforementioned countries consult their respective states and also collect important inputs from the general public as well to improve their functioning.

Under the newly proposed act, all licences will be issued through a computer based software which will be linked to satellites. According to the minister, in case licences are not issued to eligible candidates, then strict action would be taken against the concerned officials. The minister also added that cameras linked to satellites will be installed in cities that have a population of more than five lakhs for recording traffic violations.

All the violators who will challenge a fine would have to pay double the amount of the same if their offences are proved right. The main reason for this is to rid the Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) of corruption, thereby making the system transparent, time bound and for also promoting e-governance.

Norms and standards regarding the governing of bio-diesel, bio-gas, ethanol and electric power have been prepared and a notification in the same regard is expected to be issued in 15 days’ time. The minister also mentioned that research on five technologies for the development of electric batteries for running buses is also underway. The final product for the same is expected to be seen within the next two-three months.

Source : Hindustan Times