Hyderabad has 404 private autorickshaws but 90,518 Driving Licences were given out for non-transport auto rickshaws.
Hyderabad: The Telangana state transport sector expects the Centre to decrease the minimum educational qualification essential for obtaining a driving license for transport automobiles. Joint transport commissioner J. Pandurang Naik supposed an applicant seeking a license to drive non-transport vehicles must be capable of reading and writing. “For the transport driving license, the candidate must have a minimum qualification of Class VIII,” he whispered. This rule is most important to many transport vehicle drivers not applying for licenses, or in service vehicles with non-transport licenses.
This consist of licenses for 17,867 three-wheeler goods vehicles. For 94,423 auto rickshaws, 48,163 driving licenses were given out. Traffic DCP A.V. Ranganath held the police found many drivers were driving transport auto rickshaws with non-transport licenses. “Most drivers of taxis, medium and heavy goods and chattels vehicles operate automobiles with the non-transport driving license as they lack educational qualifications as per rules,” he said. Following a series of appraisals on the matter, then commissioner of transport department Sandeep Kumar Sultania had lead proposals to the Centre to ease the education qualification norm.
An official from the transportation department whispered that similar proposals were sent by other state governments and the Centre had considered the suggestions last year. “In the 22nd Motor Vehicle Amendments, the Union Cabinet committee permitted our proposals and we are expecting the government will pass the Bill in the upcoming Budget Session of Parliament,” the official whispered. The official said the Centre may impose a new condition that the candidate must have semi-literacy in reading, writing, and digital aspects. The applicant should seem for computer-based driving tests, he said.
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8,000 caught without DLs
Around 8,000 youths were caught driving without a driver’s license in just a year in Hyderabad. Police are now seeking imprisonment for those driving short of license, apart from fines. RTA and police officers on Saturday decided to file charge sheets against holders who give vehicles to underage drivers or those without a license. With a charge sheet, the magistrate can imprison the automobile owner for up to three months. The city forces are also meeting a body of magistrates to confirm imprisonment for the vehicle holder in each case. Senior officials said there was a provision for arrest and imprisonment of the car driver and owners for driving a vehicle without the licence under Sections 180 and 181 of Motor Vehicle Act, 1988.
“In serious cases, magistrates are sending offenders to custodial. The new change is to ensure prison for owners who give their automobiles to unlicensed or minor drivers,” said DCP, Traffic, and A.V. Ranganath. Section 180 says “whoever, being the owner or person in charge of a motor vehicle, reasons or permits, any other person who does not have license to drive the vehicle shall be punishable with custody for a term which may spread to three months, or with fine which may spread to Rs 1,000, or with both.” The police are holding counseling gatherings for the parents of underage drivers, cautioning them about the consequences of letting their children drive without a license.