In Chennai, the learner's permit test is now available online.

KOLKATA: A candidate for a learner's licence (LL) does not need to attend to the road transport office (RTO) for a written test instead, they can do it from the comfort of their own homes or computer cafes. They must, physically present for driving exams in order to obtain a driver's licence.

Every student must now authenticate Electronic Know Your Customer (e-KYC) by completing an online application on the Parivahan Sarathi app. Following Aadhaar confirmation, candidates can take the LL exam from home or any other convenient venue. The password for the online Learning Licence (LL) exams will be provided throughShort Message Service (SMS) to the registered cellphone number associated with the Aadhaar card.

Slots for the tests will be made available immediately following his or her application. The examinee will be shown a 12-minute film including a slew of traffic laws and how their potential transgressions jeopardies road safety. According to a transport department officer, the movie cannot be skipped and the exams will take only five minutes. Successful candidates can then download their learner's permit. An applicant who does not have an Aadhaar card on the other hand, must go to the RTO for document verification and Learning License (LL) tests.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has been assisting with the computerization of over 1,000 road transport offices around the country. There are 55 RTOs in Bengal that provide Registration Certificates (RC) and Driving Licences (DL) that are valid across the country. To ensure interoperability, accuracy, and timely availability of information, it was required to specify the same standards for these papers on a pan-Indian level.

Until today, the issuing of licences was mainly reliant on motor training institutions located across the city. They used to handle everything from online examinations to practical driving tests for a high cost. Manipulative practices taught at motor training institutions will no longer be useful in such instances, according to an officer.

The Smart Card Operating System (SCOSTA) Committee which was formed for this reason, had proposed that standardized software be used across the country. The Vahan and Sarathi are designed to capture the features specified by the Central Motor Vehicle Act of 1988 as well as state motor vehicle standards, with core product customization to meet the requirements of the 36 states.

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