30% driving licences in India are fake: Nitin Gadkari


    Nitin Gadkari minced no words in criticising the current system of licensing and penalty system for traffic violations as he introduced the bill.

    ET Bureau
    NEW DELHI: About 30% driving licences in India are fake, road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari said in the Lok Sabha on Monday as he made a strong pitch for passage of the much-delayed Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill.

    Gadkari minced no words in criticising the current system of licensing and penalty system for traffic violations as he introduced the bill. “If there is any place in the world where you can get licences easily, it is here in India. It is the easiest to get a driver’s licence. If you see the photographs on licences, they don’t match. People drive without any fear or respect for law. Nobody cares about Rs 50-100 challans, they just cross the policemen on the roads without a care,” he said.

    The minister said that 150,000 people die in road accidents in the country every year. “It is my biggest failure that I could not bring the legislation despite trying for over four years. But let’s now pass it and save lives,” he said.

    Citing accident figures, Gadkari said, “Despite our best efforts we have been able to reduce the number of accidents by 3-4% in India but in Tamil Nadu it has been reduced by 15%. We hope to emulate the Tamil Nadu model and curb accidents.”

    Opposition parties opposed the bill saying its introduction was an infringement on state governments’ territory. “Either convince me or get convinced,” Gadkari told Trinamool Congress leader Saugata Roy when the latter opposed the bill.
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    10 Comments on this Story

    Som Karamchetty432 days ago
    Center should use this opportunity to develop and introduce digital driving licenses.
    Such licenses should have their own numbers but should be linked to Aadhar so that biometric identification of the licensed driver is possible. There should be a secure national database so that a license can be used anywhere in the country and the licensee’s record is available to authorized officials anywhere in the country.
    By working with the vehicle manufacturers, government can ensure that authorized officials can verify the license status of a driver on the fly, i.e. without actually stopping the vehicle.
    Sutram Vasudeva Sarma432 days ago
    This should be the Headline news and should be Trending - as it directly affects 30% Indians. It''s sad ... we are chasing other frivolous news items.
    Datts Sandur433 days ago
    Gadkariji is right top impose heavy fines on traffic offenders. But how to catch them? Everyday i see parents teaching kids how to drive their two wheelers and even cars too! they ignore all do you plan to catch them and punish such careless parents?
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