Delhi: Soon, driving tests at automated tracks at night | Delhi News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: It will soon be possible to give tests for a permanent driving license at night, with Delhi government’s transport department starting preparations for carrying out the exams in a second shift.
The number of driving test slots has been reduced at automated driving test tracks to ensure social distancing in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. This has led to a longer waiting period to get an appointment for a driving test, which could be two months or more at the busy zonal offices.
To reduce the waiting period and ensure social distancing, the department is upgrading the automated driving test tracks and additional lighting arrangements at these facilities are going to be provided for carrying out driving tests in the second shift.
As part of the initiative, high-mast light poles will be installed at the automated test tracks at Sarai Kale Khan, Viswas Nagar, Mayur Vihar, Shakur Basti, Burari, Loni Road, Raja Garden, Rohini Sector-28, Dwarka Sector-22 and the new facility that has come up at Jharoda Kalan.
The department will get 350 watt LED floodlight fixtures, which will provide strong illumination to enable night-time tests. The project is expected to cost around Rs 96.7 lakh and will be completed within 45 days after the work is awarded.
The high-mast lights will be 12.5-metre-tall, with a 12-sided polygon cross-section and steel plate thickness of 3 mm. The high mast will have a diameter of 360 mm at the base and 150 mm at the top and strong enough to withstand heavy wind velocity.
“For carrying out the automated tests, cameras on high poles need to capture the driving test, apart from sensors on the ground. Both are needed for a computerised analysis and then finding if an applicant has cleared the test or not,” an official said. “Very powerful lights are required at the centres to ensure that the cameras are able to capture images as efficiently as they do it in daylight,” he said.
At present, driving tests start between 8 and 8.30am at test tracks and goes on till 1.30 to even 2pm, till all the applicants for the day have given their tests.
“There will be separate shifts in the near future to cater to more demand while ensuring there is no crowding at test centres. Initially, the timing of the tests will be increased to 8pm and if possible, even up to 10pm in the next phase,” the official said.

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