THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The motor vehicles department (MVD) has put on hold its decision to make gradient and reverse parking mandatory for light motor vehicle driving licence till March 6, considering stiff objections from driving schools to making them compulsory from February 20. Transport Commissioner S. Ananthakrishnan said the schools had sought a three-month extension, but the MVD allowed only two weeks. “They raised a concern that those who have currently completed the driving classes are not trained to take reverse parking and gradient tests and hence sought an extension of time," he said.
Meanwhile, MVD sources said the schools had started rushing for licence tests of their candidates before March 6. The schools in Thiruvananthapuram which were keeping off tests at the newly opened automated test track tuned up for tests from Monday. However, only a few candidates could clear the test. Out of the ten who took the H-test on Monday, only three qualified and out of nine who took the test on Tuesday, only one passed.