These test tracks aim to ensure only qualified drivers get a permanent licence by undergoing tougher test, which would include manoeuvering vehicle on bends shaped like numeric 8, driving uphill in reverse on S-shaped tracks.
The tracks would have cameras with sensors, making the process transparent and accurate. The sensor-based cameras would rate the driving skills of an applicant, based on which a licence would be issued. These tests are also expected to bring down accident numbers, transport department said. The tracks would cost around Rs 1 crore each and be spread over 1acre area.
Currently, over 1,500 licences are issued in Delhi every day and the test is carried out on road with usual traffic. The applicants have to drive largely on a straight road amidst traffic. The automated tracks would simulate tougher driving conditions where the range of driving skills would be tested, including reversing a vehicle, driving on hairpin bends, parallel parking, swerving the vehicle, among others.