Over 50m driving with fake licences in India

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Over 50m driving with fake licences in India
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New Delhi - In case of juvenile drivers, the owner of the vehicle or the driver's guardian will face stricter penalties of up to three years in jail and fine of up to Rs20,000.

By PTI

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Published: Mon 30 May 2016, 11:39 PM

Almost every third driving licence in India could be 'bogus' with a staggering number of over 50 million people driving on roads with fake documents, according to official data.
However, those found to be driving with fake licences may soon be jailed for up to a year in addition to a hefty penalty of Rs10,000 - up from the current penalty provision of Rs500 and a jail term of three months.
In case of juvenile drivers, the owner of the vehicle or the driver's guardian will face stricter penalties of up to three years in jail and fine of up to Rs20,000, while their vehicle registration certificate may also be cancelled.
"In India, 30 per cent of the licences are bogus. We need to check it. We are going to start an online system where computerised tests will be conducted to obtain driving licences. Every one - whether a politician, an official or a celebrity - will have to take the test to get the licence. There will be complete transparency," Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said.
 
An official said the ministry has collated data of about 180 million licences and an estimated 54 million of them fall under the "bogus" category, which need to be checked. An earlier govt survey of about 60 million driving licences had found nearly 7.4 million fake ones. Terming the Road Transport and Safety Bill as key to make Indian roads safer, Gadkari said an estimated 150,000 people die every year in the country in road accidents and the proposed law will overhaul the entire system including about issuance of driving licences.
"We are hopeful that the Bill would get passed in the next session of Parliament with states on board now on this matter as the subject falls in the concurrent list," he said.



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