Arvind Kejriwal, CM of Delhi, said the mandatory learner’s license test is not necessary and India should do away with it. In Kejriwal’s view, the provision only paves way for more corruption.
Pitching in for the AAP government’s odd-even scheme, Kejriwal cited Fortune magazine to say the pollution in Delhi during odd-even Phase-1 came down by 13% and sale of fuel in the Indian capital came down by 40%. At present, the law mandates an applicant to submit his proof of age (18 years), address and medical certificate before taking the objective test. The objective questions primarily relate to traffic signage, traffic laws, right of way and what a driver should do in case of a crash. Scoring 60% marks is necessary to obtain a learner’s licence.
A ministry official said, Gadkari was also visibly convinced with this reasoning. “No decision can be taken just like that without looking into all aspects. We need to see whether certain educational qualification of applicant can make him eligible to get a learner’s licence.”
“He said since the applicant starts to learn driving after getting the licence, so he/ she can learn the necessary norms and stringent tests should be conducted while giving the final licence to a driver,” said an official.