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No accredited driving training centres despite demand in Ludhiana

Over 2 years ago guidelines were issued to set up DTCs

No accredited driving training centres despite demand in Ludhiana

The alarming rate of road mishaps in Ludhiana each year accentuates pressing need for driving training centres. Photo: Ashwani Dhiman



Tribune News Service

Harshraj Singh

Ludhiana, February 20

Despite passing of over two-and-a half years since the issuance of guidelines for setting up of accredited driving training centres (DTCs) in states, none have been established in the industrial city.

This gap persists despite the substantial demand for such centres among aspirants seeking to acquire driving skills. Furthermore, the alarming rate of road mishaps in Ludhiana each year accentuates the pressing need for such institutes.

Admn told to open institute in Feb 2023

The State Transport Commissioner had written to the district administration and the Regional Transport Authority of Ludhiana in February 2023 to open an institute of automotive and driving skills jointly with Red Cross Society in Ludhiana.

In August 2021, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (Road Safety Cell) wrote to principal secretaries (transport) and transport commissioners of all states, informing them that the ministry had prescribed rules under the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989, for the accreditation of driving training centres in the country via a notification dated June 7, 2021. Such institutes not only aim to impart scientific and systematic training to driving aspirants but also inculcate good behaviour among road users and promote road safety.

According to the guidelines, the state government would be responsible for the development of a mechanism for granting accreditation to eligible driving training centres and ensuring effective utilisation of the accredited DTCs through legislative provisions. Any company, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), private enterprises, etc., are eligible to apply for the accreditation of a centre by meeting the criteria, which include possessing premises with the necessary infrastructure/facilities on the land specified under the CMV Rules, 1989.

Kapil Arora, a civil engineer from the city, highlighted the alarming frequency of fatal road accidents occurring every year. He emphasised the urgent necessity to enhance road safety by establishing dedicated DTCs. Arora advocated for the opening of centres catering to various vehicles, from cars to heavy vehicles, where comprehensive theoretical and practical training could be imparted. He also stressed the importance of issuing driving licenses based on scientific and systematic training. Furthermore, he stressed on the need to ensure transparency in functioning of such centres.

Jasbinder Singh Grewal, general secretary of The Small Scale Bus Operators (Welfare) Association, Punjab, pointed out the absence of any DTC in compliance with the government guidelines. Highlighting the city’s significance, he said it was the main centre in the state, housing the largest number of vehicles and drivers. Grewal highlighted challenges faced by individuals aspiring to learn heavy vehicle driving skills due to the absence of adequate training institutes in Ludhiana. They are compelled to travel to distant locations for the same. He stressed the urgent need to establish DTCs in the city, particularly for individuals aiming to acquire proficient driving skills for heavy vehicles. He urged the Transport Department to prioritise the matter.

The State Transport Commissioner had written to the district administration and the Regional Transport Authority of Ludhiana in February 2023 to open an institute of automotive and driving skills jointly with Red Cross Society in Ludhiana. In the letter, the commissioner had instructed the authorities to open such an institute to provide a refresher course for new or renewal of driving licenses for commercial vehicles. However, the institute has yet to be realised, leaving many aspiring individuals who wish to acquire driving skills in a state of uncertainty. Such training institutes (for commercial vehicles) were available at some locations, including Mahuana, Hoshiarpur and Ropar in the state, as per an official.

Regional Transport Officer, Ludhiana, Randeep Singh Heer, said he would look into the matter and take necessary measures. The State Transport Commissioner, Moneesh Kumar, said there was no driving training centre in the city. He said they had earlier written to the DC, Ludhiana, to open an institute to provide a refresher course.

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