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30 per cent driving licenses in India fake: Nitin Gadkari

India TV Business Desk New Delhi 11 Jan 2017, 16:44:02 IST
India TV Business Desk

Union minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari today put the figure of fake driving licences to an 'embarrassing' 30 per cent.

Speaking at an event, Gadkari said, "30 per cent of the licenses in India are bogus. It is embarrassing for me to state this as a minister.” 

However, the minister was hopeful that the latest technical developments will ward off such problems.

“We are pushing for intelligent traffic systems which will enable us to immediately track, real-time, when there is a traffic violation.” he said.

Indicating that the government can take harsh measures to improve road safety, Gadkari said, “Increasing penalties is likely to have a positive impact, without which it is tough to get people to take road safety norms seriously.”

Admitting that there are gaps in road safety measures, Gadkari said that there was a need to identify black spots. “We need to improve road design. This is our responsibility.”

“We need to modernise and computerise our systems with the latest technology. This is something we are trying our best to implement,” he said emphasising that the move will help end corruption.