Tuesday , 19 February 2019

Inquiry reveals Margao driving schools used ‘proxy names’ to obtain licences




Yet another blatant irregularity in the operation of motor driving schools has come to light.  Investigation team of Lokayukta has found that the owners of motor driving schools used proxy names of those qualified in motor mechanics or those having higher qualification in mechanical engineering to obtain the licences to run the schools.

As per the Rule 24 (3) (VI) of Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, any person who desires to start a motor driving school should either himself possess certificate in motor mechanics or higher qualification in mechanical engineering or employ the staff having the required qualification for imparting the driving instructions.

Surprisingly, the team, while conducting the inspection of driving schools in Margao, did not find the instructors whose qualification certificates were submitted to the transport department at the time of the registration of the schools.

The team, however, found the owner of Yusuf Motor Driving School in Navelim to be having desired qualification to operate the school.

The team has also found that Nanhee Motor Driving School in Davorlim illegally operated a four wheeler for the purpose of carrying out test of the candidates without making its entry in the Form 11. Moreover, the sold vehicles which were used for training were also not recorded in Form 11, it was revealed.

The team further found that the owner of Franky Motor Driving School in Chandor illegally allowed the driver of his school to manage and operate the business.

However, Margao RTO has informed the Lokayukta that a show cause notice has been issued, and necessary action will be taken against the owner.

It was further revealed that whenever driving schools sell or dispose of the vehicles found to be in bad condition, the entries are never made in Form 11 which is pre-requisite at the time of granting of renewal.

The licence of Teza Motor Driving School in Gogol was renewed despite it having one of its cars in a bad condition, mentions the inquiry report.

In the case of Sam Motor Driving School of Fatorda, renewal of licence was done even after one of his cars was found to be out of order, adds the

Out of the 28 ‘registered’ driving schools in Margao six were found to have stopped operations – Uncle Motor Driving School in Chinchinim has been temporarily shut down due to unavailability of instructors; S K Driving School from Cuncolim used to run from premises of a beauty parlor, and so stopped operation. B E Expert Driving School at Navelim did not conduct any training since 2017 while Dessai Driving School and Survival Motor Driving School have stopped operations for past six months.

In another instance of irregularity, Survival Motor Driving School at Madel, Margao, was found to be using the premises for storing liquor bottles, cooking gas, coconuts, and vegetables for  supplying them to a bar and restaurant located adjacent to it; its licence is valid till 2020.

While another driving school – Queen Vailankanni at Varca was found operating from the garage located next to owner’s house. Interestingly, of the four vehicles authorised by the RTO for the school to impart training,   a Maruti 800 was found to have been disposed of and the entry of same was not found to have been made in Form 11 at the time of licence renewal, which is valid till 2023.

Franky Motor Driving School in Chandor, Dosti Motor Driving School in Davorlim and St Anthony Motor Driving School in Navelim were found to have employed instructors with Class 6 and 9 pass qualification, mentions the report.

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