Eliminating the manual interference in driving license test

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Srinivas Puppala

The issue of driving license is a major problem in developing countries mainly because lack of adequate manpower, missing technical infrastructure, lack testing facilities: Add to this weaknesses in the governance like lack of transparency, accountability, consistency and corruption. The citizen’s willingness to pay for getting the driving license causes distortions in the system. In India major problem in the driving license system is the private intermediaries (“agents”) who will try to break the system. A remedy is to use of technology and proper software. This paper highlights how the new system eliminates the human interference and the subjectivity in the driving license testing system at all levels. A robust system is developed right from submitting application, getting appointments and for getting both Learning License and Driving License. A computer based Learning License Testing system and the Innovative Driving Test System – IDTS is developed to test the candidates in two levels. The IDTS uses the RFID technology procured for $50,000 and which does not burden the administration and the candidate. The service charge is approximately $3 for each candidate. The ROI in terms of days is 170 when the Driving Licenses tested per day are 100.

The paper also touches the modes of education to the driving license applicants about learning license test, drivers skill test and how it evaluates the candidate, finally after the test the evaluation sheet with the path driven by the candidate and marks scored with pass/fail result printout signed by the licensing authority will be given to the candidate which shows the absolute transparency in entire driving licensing testing system.

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