52 candidates in Thiruvananthapuram pass new driving test, says MVD

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Image is used for representational purposes. Photo | Albin Mathew

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Amid nationwide protests by driving schools, 117 people took part in the new test format, according to the Motor Vehicles Department. 52 people won the test.

Driving tests have been disrupted across the state for the past ten days due to the schools’ protest against the new format. The joint forum of driving school organizations held a protest march to the State Secretariat on Monday. The protesters, under the banner of the All-Kerala Motor Driving School Instructors and Workers Association, urged the government to return to the old format.

The MVD conducted driving tests in various centers under police protection. However, the department has not released district-wise data of candidates who attended tests.

In Thiruvananthapuram, unruly scenes were witnessed at the Muttathara testing ground. Protesting driving school owners and employees shouted slogans and tried to disrupt the test. All three people who took the test in Muttathara failed. Of them, one girl participated in the four-wheeler test and two others in the two-wheeler test.

The girl was the daughter of an MVD inspector and the protesters tried to disrupt her test, citing the poor condition of the vehicle. The girl was stopped by the protesters when she arrived on the ground to attend the H test. They claimed that the vehicle met with an accident during the road test conducted before the H test.