Instructors have to undergo virtual training for one month
Concerned over the fact that about 90 per cent of road accidents in the State are caused due to fault of drivers, the transport authorities have come out with revised norms for regulation of driving schools.
The rationale behind paying focused attention to the driving schools is to ensure that quality drivers are produced by such schools.
On an average, 10 lakh licenses are issued every year and there are 1,650 schools in the State.
Going by their capacity, the schools can train roughly around 1.5 lakh drivers per annum.
The norms, issued by the office of Transport Commissioner in November, came up for discussion at the meeting of the State Road Safety Council which took place a few days ago.
As per the new norms, the premises of driving schools must have a minimum space of 600 sq ft for the existing schools and 1,000 sq. ft for new schools [which are granted licences on or after November 1, 2007].
The age of motor cycle and light motor vehicles of the schools should not be more than eight years.
In respect of heavy motor vehicle, the age stipulation is 10 years. The existing schools should comply with the directions by March for LMVs and motor cycles and September for HMVs. Instructors have to undergo virtual training for one month at the Institute of Road Transport's office at Taramani or its driver training wing at Gummidipoondi or the Ashok Leyland's Training School in Namakkal or the GDN Advanced Driving School in Coimbatore. After two years, they should go through refresher training courses.
As regards drivers of the State transport corporations, the council decided that driving skills of the drivers should be tested and updated once in five years. As a measure of ensuring healthy and quality drivers, all those employed by Corporations, who are above 45 years of age, should be subjected to check up.