The Punjab government’s recent crackdown on driving without valid licenses has significantly increased driving license applications. However, surprisingly, 80% of the people who took a driving test failed it.
This emphasizes the need for enhanced driving education and training programs in the region.
Rapid Increase in License Applications
In response to the Punjab government’s strict enforcement of license requirements, there has been a remarkable increase in the number of individuals applying for driving licenses.
Recent statistics reveal that within just 11 days, approximately 63,000 women applied for driving licenses. This surge indicates a growing awareness among women about the importance of obtaining proper licenses to drive legally.
Challenges in Passing Driving Tests
While the surge in license applications is encouraging, there is a concerning trend – up to 80% of applicants failed their driving tests. This highlights a significant gap in the region’s driving education and training programs.
It’s evident that there is a pressing need to improve the quality of driver education to ensure that aspiring motorists are adequately prepared for safe and responsible driving.
System Improvements and Road Safety
The official overseeing the license application process acknowledged that the system requires further improvements. These improvements should encompass both the application process and the training and testing procedures.
Enhancing the system’s efficiency and effectiveness is vital to ensure that those who obtain licenses are capable and knowledgeable drivers, thereby contributing to improved road safety.
Addressing Underage Driving Concerns
Apart from the surge in license applications, concerns have arisen about underage drivers in Punjab. Including underage drivers in criminal records has prompted legal action, with the Lahore High Court (LHC) recently taking up the matter.
The court’s action underscores the importance of addressing the issue of underage driving and implementing measures to prevent it. Efforts to enhance the system and address concerns related to underage driving are crucial steps toward achieving safer roads and responsible drivers in the region.