Aap Ki Adalat: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has made a big disclosure on the new driving policy in India TV’s show ‘Aap Ki Adalat’. Gadkari said that his/her ministry will soon come up with a new driving policy and rules. Under which applicants will have to clear a theoretical test online and then appear in person for the driving test. he/she said, ‘I accept this with an open heart. There is no hesitation that in these 8-9 years, despite making all efforts, we have not been able to reduce road accidents. More than 5 lakh accidents happen every year. Hands and legs of about 3 lakh people are broken and about 1.5 lakh people die. More than 60 percent of those who die are in the age group of 18 to 34.
We have spent Rs 1,000 crore to mark the accident sites as black spots. It is our endeavor that by identifying the black spots, we are making underpasses at some places and bridges at some places. Tried to improve in this way.
The second issue is that of automobile engineering. In that too, we have talked about making 6 air bags mandatory in the economic model. It has continuously improved. The third thing is specifically about enforcement. People have no respect for the law and no fear either. But even after trying a lot, 3 percent of GDP is lost due to road accidents. I feel sad that most of the road accidents happen in India. That’s why we are making changes in the driving license policy.
Gadkari revealed that when he/she became the transport minister in 2014, he/she got all government drivers tested and found that nearly 40 per cent had cataracts. Gadkari said- ‘The driver of a Chief Minister was blind in both eyes and he/she used to drive with the help of voice. There was a minister in Maharashtra government I will not name anyone, he/she told me that my driver was ‘blind’ in one eye. After 9 years of experience, I have understood that the biggest relation of road accident is with human behavior.
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