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Government Propose to use technology for issuing driving license.



“Computer and camera will be used during the driving license test. No official will be responsible for granting driving license,” transport minister Nitin Gadkari said in the Lok Sabha on Monday, adding that obtaining driving license will become simpler.

The government plans to reduce human interface and use technology for issuing driving license, a move that will curb corruption and reduce number of road accidents in the country.

The government’s intent to implement such rules for obtaining driving license can become a reality after the Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill, 2019 is passed by the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.

Computerization of licenses is expected to weed out multiple licenses. Gadkari said that 30% driving licenses in the country are bogus and the provisions in the proposed bill will minimize the possibilities of fake licenses.

“The provision of online license, online identity verification and online register (in the motor vehicles bill) will stop the menace of fake licenses,” the minister said. He also said that the process of obtaining driving license in other countries is much more difficult.

As far as renewal of license is concerned, window of one year instead of a month will be given in order to apply for a renewal, he said.

The proposed Motor Vehicles Bill aims to address key crucial issues such as road safety and intends to impose stiff penalties for violation of rules, strengthening the public transport system in the country. As many as 146,000 people died in road accidents in India in 2015, according to the road transport and highways ministry. About 300,000 people were injured in road accidents in the same year.






2 Lakh jobs cut in Automobile sector




New Delhi: Federation of Automobile Dealers Association (FADA) claims that around 2 lakh jobs will be cut across Automobile Industry in last 3 months. “The majority of job cuts have happened in the last three months. It started around May and continued through June and July,” FADA president Ashish Harsharaj Kale.

With no immediate signs of recovery, FADA says that more jobs may have to be cut down because of constant shutting down of the Automobile Dealership centers. The main reason behind this is the cut down of sales in past three months.

According to Ashish Harsharaj, the two lakh jobs cuts in the last three months are over and above the 32,000 people who lost employment when 286 showrooms were closed across 271 cities in the 18-month period which ended in April this year.

Around 2.5 million people were employed directly through around 26,000 automobile showrooms operated by 15,000 dealers. Another 2.5 million are indirectly employed in the dealership ecosystem, Ashish added.

As per Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) figures, vehicle wholesale across all categories declined by 12.35% to 60,85,406 units in April-June against 69,42,742 units in same period of last year. Passenger vehicles (PV) segment has been the worst hit with sales continuing to decline for almost a year now. In July, market leader Maruti Suzuki reported a 36.3% drop in its domestic PV wholesales, while Hyundai saw a dip of 10%. M&M sales were down 16%, Tata Motors’ PV sales fell 31% while that of Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) also came down 48.67% during the month.

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