Aurangabad: The applicants who are awaiting their driving licences and those seeking the renewal of their permanent licences will have to take the road safety pledge now. The office of Maharashtra Transport Commissioner has issued directives to this effect to all regional transport offices (RTOs) in the state.
The pledge which emphasises on the basic road safety rules such as wearing a helmet, avoid drinking and driving, and staying away from the road rage, has been framed by Mumbai-based advocacy group Public Concern for Governance Trust (PCGT).
Ana Saldanha, one of the trustees of PCGT on Monday said that the mandatory road safety pledge before issuing a driving license was expected to inculcate traffic sense among citizens.
“Traffic rules are easy to follow or break. Youths are particularly vulnerable to breaking them, which causes accidents. The mandatory pledge before getting a driving license will inform applicants of the basics road safety norms,” he said.
“We observed measurable outcomes of the initiative, following which the output of the project was shared with top authorities of the state transport department. The idea to administer a pledge was appealing by the officials, who later decided to make it a part of the process of issuing the driving license,” Saldanha said.
A senior RTO official said making the road safety pledge compulsory would bring down the road accidents.Source: Times Of India