Hon’ble Minister of Transport, Delhi Government, Shri Kailash Gahlot today inaugurated Delhi’s first Fully Automated Driving Test Centre (ADTC) at the Regional Transport Office in Mayur Vihar Phase I. Aside from Mayur Vihar, Delhi gets three more ADTCs at Vishwas Nagar, Sarai Kale Khan and Shakur Basti. It is to be noted that these ADTCs are set up and maintained Maruti Suzuki India Limited under its CSR initiative. The CSR initiative is a part of its agreement with the Department of Transport, NCT of Delhi.
The Delhi government plans to improve the process of issuing a driving license by making it comprehensive, convenient, and more efficient with less dependence on manpower. These fully automated driving test units make use of access control which enables entry of applicants through a pre-assigned time slots. The ADTCs also make use of biometric, RFID recognition system and have been equipped well with scientifically designed test tracks. The multiple high definition cameras enable evaluating applicants against 20 essential driving skills, in tandem with Central Motor Vehicles Rules (CMVR).
The tests for driving license will be conducted by the Department of Transport, Delhi Government and it will continue to issue driving licenses to qualify applicants across Centres. As mentioned above, these ADTCs have been set up by India’s leading car giant, Maruti Suzuki at a cost of over Rs. 20 Cr. One must note that the Department of Transport, Delhi will operate the facility immediately, albeit, Maruti Suzuki India will maintain it for the next 3 years.
On the occasion, Mr. Ajay Kumar Tomer, Executive Director (Corporate Planning), Maruti Suzuki said, “Road Safety is an important CSR intervention for Maruti Suzuki. We have been working in this area for over a decade through multiple interventions for improving road safety scenario in the country. Delhi Government’s decision to adopt advanced technology to issue driving licenses is an important step towards road safety.” He added, “The use of high-resolution cameras, real-time video, instant results, online registration, all together make the entire process much more convenient and efficient. These also help to get accurate and consistent results.”
The ADTCs have tracks for testing reverse parallel parking, up-gradient, Forward-8, Reverse-S, Traffic Junction, H-Track for four-wheelers. A track for testing overtaking skills has been introduced for the first time. The infrastructure that been developed jointly with the Department of Transport, Delhi Government, aims at testing skills required as per CMVR. Each track has a special exit passage which allows applicants who fail mid-way to quietly exit the track. Those seeking a two-wheeler license will have to drive around a serpentine track to give a glimpse of their driving skills. Applicants will also be judged for their braking skills and their ability to ride on a straight ramp. Interestingly, these two tests have been introduced for the first time. Maruti Suzuki India plans on setting up eight more ADTCs at 8 other locations in Delhi including Lado Sarai, Raja Garden, Hari Nagar, Burari, Loni, Rohini, Jharoda Kalan and Dwarka.