In Punjab, 98% of driver’s license applicants pass automated driving tests, nearly double the national average


Almost all driving license applicants take a test at automated driving test stations in Punjab, a government document has revealed recommending that the transport department immediately address the issue.

The test pass rate at automated driving test stations in Punjab is 98% compared to the national average of 50-60%, the “Road Safety Action Plan 2022-23” said.

The road safety and accident action plan issued by the office of the chief executive of the Punjab State Road Safety Council (PSRSC) also noted that emergency care (for road accident victims road) are in a “very poor condition where none of the five Trauma Care Centers (TCCs) (Level II) established at Jalandhar, Khanna, Pathankot, Ferozepur and Fazilka are operational due to lack of regular staff”.

According to the action plan report viewed by The Indian Express, “The proposal to establish TCCs in all government medical colleges in the state has not materialized. trauma care in the emergency department of district hospitals has also not taken shape despite the decision made at the PSRSC three years ago.

“A recent study has shown that prompt emergency care reduces deaths by at least 30%,” the report said.

The action plan emphasized that “the health department should immediately operationalize the five TCCs (level II) by delegating temporary staff; should also upgrade emergency rooms in all district hospitals as trauma care facilities by providing minimum facilities such as beds and additional staff; the department of medical education should establish TCCs in all government medical colleges in the state and also in AIIMS, Bhatinda (read Bathinda); The health department should also develop a user-friendly application (APP) to bring together all available ambulances in the state such as NHAI, PWD (B&R), health department and NGOs with one call number emergency”.

The plan recommends that the Department of Transportation also take stern action against drivers and also license holders in the event of accidents caused by public transport and freight vehicles by suspending driver’s licenses for a specified period and also canceling permits. “Many times, the poor condition of vehicles causes road accidents, therefore, motor vehicle inspectors should be more attentive when passing these vehicles,” reads the action plan report. “There should be thorough verification and monitoring of heavy driver’s licenses (to operate transport vehicles) issued on the basis of training at private driving schools in the state,” the report further states.

The action plan was submitted to the government recently. It recommends that the number of traffic police should be immediately doubled and that “these personnel can be made non-transferable for at least two years” so that they can be properly trained in the handling of modern electronic traffic management equipment and Motor Vehicle Provisions (Amendment) Act 2019.

“The state is expected to purchase non-electronic traffic control equipment such as recovery vans, body choppers, breath analyzers, highway patrol vehicles and interceptors over the next three months. Installation of CCTV camera system with command control center largely modeled on Chandigarh city model should be established in the three most accident prone districts of Punjab i.e. SAS Nagar (Mohali) , Ropar and Fatehgarh Sahib in the next six months,” read the report.

“At present, ADGP (Traffic), Punjab has no operational control over the traffic wings working in the districts. It is therefore suggested to entrust the supervision control of SP (traffic) in districts including urban areas of police stations to ADGP (traffic) after primary control and supervision by SSP and Commissioner police,” the report said.

The action plan report also states: “Traffic police should focus more seriously on checking vehicles for offenses such as speeding, drunk driving and jumping at red lights. and begin confiscating licenses from offenders and forwarding them to RTAs/SDMs for suspension as mandated under the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019.

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