Gov­ern­ment should make driv­ing lessons com­pul­sory in school

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Live - - OPINION/EDUCATION - Anuraj Oberoi,

Imag­ine our coun­try hav­ing no traf­fic prob­lems, sounds good but a dis­tant dream. How does our coun­try meet the chal­leng­ing vows of ever in­creas­ing traf­fic with its ex­hausted in­fra­struc­ture? I won­der by mak­ing schools/col­leges re­spon­si­ble to teach our new gen­er­a­tion this es­sen­tial dis­ci­pline may solve the daunt­ing task we all face. Gov­ern­ment should make the­ory of driv­ing test a part of syl­labus in Class 11/12 and prac­ti­cal test while in col­lege. Only driv­ers who pass the strin­gent test should be given li­censes. For heavy­goods ve­hi­cles same rules ap­ply with dif­fer­ent level of coach­ing skills. Gov­ern­ment should make com­pul­sory for all the ex­ist­ing driv­ers to take tests in a stip­u­lated time pe­riod. Strong in­sur­ance laws like party who is the cause of an ac­ci­dent pays for the dam­age to the third party can help curb traf­fic in a big way. Au­to­matic is­sue of fines when peo­ple jump red lights with penalty points on the li­cense. Re­place the ze­bra cross­ing with pel­i­can cross­ings. To avoid over­tak­ing from left side, trucks and buses should be dis­cour­aged to drive in right lanes.

SAS Na­gar

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