In recent news, Delhi High Court was recently informed by the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi that it had cancelled the license of some motor driving schools in the national capital. These licenses were suspended on the recommendation of a high-powered committee which found irregularities in the functioning of these schools. The committee found that various motor driving institutes indulged in illegal activities like wrongly issuing training certificates to drivers of commercial and passenger vehicles.
Here it is to be noted that the Delhi government took these steps in the wake of a petition filed by an NGO called Driving Skill Institute and Research. In its complaint, the NGO pointed that various motor driving schools were issuing unauthorized training certificates, including to those applying for commercial driver's license. This NGO added that this had led to the presence of many untrained and unskilled drivers on the roads. Central Motor Vehicles Act empowers registered driving schools to issue Form 5 i.e.
However it is to be noted that training Certificate to drivers, but only after imparting thorough training and then evaluating their driving skills. However, the committee found that many driving schools issued these certificates simply without providing any training and conducting assessment, thereby, jeopardizing lives of many on the roads.The NGO, in its petition, also mentioned that rules necessitate that a driving school first impart basic first aid medical training before issuing Form 5.
However, many motor driving schools skip even this process and straightaway handover training certificates at a fee. It also pointed that many of these schools had issued such training certificate to even DTC bus drivers. However, this is yet to be verified.