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Gurgaon residents shy away from driving test, yet gets license easily
Gurgaon is one of the best places to prove the the phrase 'rules are meant to broken'. Traffic rules are just set of lines, written on a piece of paper to be forgotten for some residents of Gurgaon. The Gurgaon residents find it quite difficult to abide by the traffic rules, set for their own safety. Not only it is uncomfortable for them to follow the easy and life saving traffic rules but, they cannot give a few hours from their busy life to get the Driving License.

Not only this, the Cyber City's Traffic Police Department recently received such applicants where they were hardly aware of the traffic rules and the traffic signs. In a study, conducted by Gurgaon Traffic Police, out of the people who gave their Driving License (DL) test in June, around 15 per cent of the applicants failed to achieve the Driving License.

But, the number of applicants who failed the test, is better than the number of people who get the DL through false means as atleast the failed applicant went to give the examination. The people who cannot get the Driving License from Gurgaon Traffic Department at one go, choose other ways to get it done- by bribing the officers or asking the local thugs to make them a Driving License, which look like an original one or in some cases, is original.

A Gurgaon resident said, ''My brother and I had to wait in long queues for several hours to get our Driving License. Even after clearing the test where they ask questions relating to the traffic rules and signs, I failed the driving test, when I have been driving since the last three years. I was asked to re- appear for the test after a month. Who would want to wait for so long. A local, who prepared the affidavits required for the documentation during the time of applying for the DL, gave us an offer that in just Rs. 1000, he would make me an original Driving License. Who would not avail such an offer where you don't have to wait in queues?''

The 260 applicants who failed the driving test will have to go through the whole process again. The candidates are called for the driving test at the driving test ground, opposite the Mini Secretariat.Candidates are then asked the basic traffic rules which, if followed religiously, can save many lives and if not, then vice versa. The drivers are also told to drive through the speed breakers, U-turn etc., to check whether they have proper control over the vehicle or not.

Giving her reasons for not giving her driving test, another driver Rajni, a resident from Gurgaon said, ''Who has the time to stand in long queues and then spend a whole week to get a Driving License? When I can get the DL in hand for just Rs. 1000, so why would I go through a long process conducted by the Traffic Department. I got my DL in a day by simply paying Rs. 1000 to a Traffic Police official. One can also negotiate with them. The DL was then delivered to my house address.''

Around 1725 people gave the driving test recently out which, 1465 successfully cleared the test. Whereas, 260 out of the 1725 people miserably failed to complete the easy test. Now these set of people will reappear for the test and will go through the whole process from the beginning.

During the DL process, the drivers are asked about the traffic rules and signs so that he is completely aware of them so when he drives a vehicle, he is sure about the safety of his life and his loved ones and also of the other drivers on the road and the pedestrians as well. This reduces the risk of accidents.

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