Everyone wants to be safe but who will take the first step to prevent mishaps which can be fatal. Owning a car, the latest model, has become a status symbol, not only that, even having young kids driving them seems to lift the social value of the so-called-socialites. One understands that people will want to show off, specially the ones who make a living out of it but is it not the responsibility of the authorities to follow strict guidelines while doling out the driving license, to minimize mishaps and look after the safety of it's citizens?
TWO DECADES ago, it was not easy attaining a driver’s license as easy as it is today. In those days, there was hardly any traffic at all and after 7 pm in Delhi, (forget about Dwarka, new sub city in Delhi) one would think that no one owns a vehicle. Life was that simple. And it was the most foolproof method to avoid road mishaps.
When I shifted base to Delhi
and then moved into Dwarka some 11 years ago, it was a nightmare to drive here. Today, driving here is still a nightmare for different reasons. My favourite self-quote then would be 'one should own a tractor to be able to commute on the haphazard jungle-mountain-bumpy roads here with dogs barking at you for disturbing their peace at night.'
Later, the wide roads amazed me! Finally, there was solace that this area would be built and not left looking like a part of a cultured forest!
Today, with Dwarka having an occupancy of less than 50% and traffic being a concern already, I’d hate to imagine what will happen when the jungle of concrete buildings is fully occupied. That might not pose as a problem as of now. The real issue is with how the driving license is issued out to people in our nation?!?
Being from Bombay, I remember the day I had to go with my batch for the test. We were made to practise months before the actual license was given out to us after our training with the institute was completed. In tests, we had to reverse, park, U-turn, drive in our lane with some perfection - or at least good enough to be given a license to drive. That’s really not the case now. Sad but true.
If such things are considered and taken care of while handing out a license to people besides being strict about road rules, many mishaps on the road could be avoided! Don’t you think?
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