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Now, safety pledge must for getting driving licence

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Directive forwarded to all RTOs in State

In a bid to instill a sense of responsibility among prospective drivers, Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) in the State are asking all applicants for a driving licence to take a pledge before beginning their driving test.

Applicants are expected to read aloud five statements: ‘I pledge to wear a helmet while driving a two-wheeler and ensure that my pillion rider wears a helmet’, ‘I will avoid all distractions such as using cell phones and texting while driving’, ‘I will avoid all expressions of road rage’, ‘I will never drink and drive’ and ‘I will never cut lanes or drive on the wrong side of the road’.

A directive on the pledge was circulated among all RTOs in the State on November 1. Over the past few days, most RTOs in the city have implemented the directive. A senior official in the State Transport Department said the inspectors tasked with supervising the driving test have been asked to ensure that all applicants take the pledge.

Road safety expert Yogesh Ambe praised the initiative and said it would reinforce the basic principles of road safety.

Mr. Ambe said, “Any initiative to remind people of road safety should be encouraged. I only wish they had included in the pledge a statement that made it clear that a driving licence is a privilege, not a birthright. Many think that after turning 18, they should get a driving licence.”

Every year, over 25 lakh learner’s licences and 19 lakh driving licences are issued in the State.

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