Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Age limit for boys and girls to get license should be raised to 20 &21

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A panel led by retired High Court Justice T K Chandrasekhar Das handed over a report to Transport Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan directing equal updates on road safety measures including recommendation to raise the age limit to obtain driving license. One of the main proposals were to raise the age limit for boys to 20 and girls to 21 to obtain license.

The lowest age limit to get license presently is 18 years for vehicles having gear and 16 years for gearless vehicles below 50 cc. The license given to students should be registered as student vehicle. The report has also stated that the vehicle should be used only for educational purposes.

The panel also conducted a study on road accidents. Driving license should be given only to a person who have experienced driving of at least 50 hours. This law exists in foreign countries and should make it practical in Kerala.

The recommendation says the speed limit for two-wheelers should be made 50 km/hr. There are 720 accident prone areas in Kerala. The report has pointed that Kayamkulam-Haripad Road is the most dangerous path. Almost 3000 trucks from other states are coming to Kerala daily and they mostly travel during night time. Risks are more as chances for accidents are there as the driver doses off. In order to reduce accidents, the service of railways should be utilized.

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