Most of the 350-odd schools lack infrastructure, quality cars, and the instructors are mostly school dropouts

Acting on complaints -- about poor infrastructure and poor quality of vehicles -- that it has been receiving against the motor training schools, the Regional Transport Office (RTO) has now asked some 350-odd motor straining school owners across Eastern and Western suburbs to upgrade their facilities. According to the RTO, this move will help schools produce drivers with better skills.

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Of the 350-odd driving schools, only 10 per cent or so have been classified into 'A' category, as they fulfil the criteria of having excellent infrastructure, including blackboards, study books on driving, pictures of road signs and symbols, and good quality vehicles.

B Kalaskar, deputy regional transport officer at Andheri RTO, said, "There is a need for the driving school owners to make their facilities more appealing. They should have air-conditioned classrooms and better vehicles." Another RTO official said, "We found several places that were registered as motor driving schools, but in reality they housed dispensaries or shops. We have cancelled the owners' permits."

While the RTO wants driving schools to have bright classrooms and students to read up on books on Motor Vehicle Act, motor driving school owners want government to give them concession on purchase of new cars.
"People opt for cheaper schools, and we cannot fulfil these conditions at such low costs," said an owner of a motor driving school.

Out of 100
25 marks for the trainer, who is SSC passout and has 5 years of experience
25 marks for syllabus
20 marks for classroom, library and boards on road signs
20 marks for vehicles used on the road
10 marks for maintaining records