India has one of the highest fatality rates in the world as far as road accidents are concerned, now whether that has to do with our complete non-understanding of rules or it has deeper routes in our basic understand of vehicle control which results in us taking unnecessary risk. Needless to say, something has to be done with regards to our driving habits and road demeanour. Driving is a serious job, every time you get behind the wheel it is important to know that you not only have your life in your hand but your passengers and all those around you. To that end our Economic Times reports that the Delhi government has under instruction from the high court, ordered that all driving tests will be video recorded. Indian licensing authorities are not only sub-par to global standards but, are often dismally ingenious. My personal driving test involved me driving exactly 150 metres in a straight line after which I was told to wait for my picture to be taken.
Now the AAP government has decided to enforce a new law by which testing authorities will be required to record all driving tests. In an attempt to prevent rash and careless drivers. Although rather unusually however, the standing counsel Satyakam told a bench of acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar that to this end video graphers will be hired to record both outside and inside the vehicle for Commercial and private driving test. Ignoring the myriad of action cameras that are available in the market for as little as 8,000 rupees, and will undoubtedly save us lakhs in hiring video graphers.
The High court who seems more than intent to watch the follow through on the process, has asked the DMV to furnish details as to how it intends to follow through on this goal, and a timeline by which these will be finished. Acting on a PIL issued by social activist Pawan Kumar, that alleged that there was collusion and rampant corruption in the city’s department, blaming the official for the recent spate of accidents caused by speeding or rash driving.