Make Motor Licence Seekers Undergo Rigorous Tests Says Aamir Khan
Bollywood actor Aamir Khan, who performed impressive bike stunts in his latest release 'Dhoom 3', today appealed the Maharashtra Transport department to make motor vehicle license seekers undergo strict driving tests to ensure safety on roads.
He also requested people, particularly youngsters, to not perform any stunts seen in the movie as there is a lot of difference between reel and real life.
"In the film, stunts were performed under the supervision of stunt experts and all the safety measures were taken care of," he said. The 48-year-old actor was speaking in a "Road Safety" seminar organised by the Maharashtra Highway Traffic Police at Sahyadri, the state guest house in south Mumbai.
"It is an emotional topic and issue for me. Like you all, even I feel worried about my family when they go out. As per the little knowledge I have, one out of 1000 persons in India die in road accidents. It is a serious matter. It is not less than a disease."
Dubbing the vehicle as a strong weapon, the actor said, "If we do not use this powerful thing in a proper way, then it may take somebody else life or our life. We should know that we are using the vehicle to reach at a destination and we should use it very carefully.
"We are very eager to get motor vehicle license. All youngsters should know, analyse and ask yourselves, if we deserve the license. If you do not deserve, then one should not take it," he said. The actor also requested the transport department to carry out tough tests and scrutiny before issuing licenses.
"Fail us a number of times. Till the time, you (the transport department) feel we are not capable of driving properly, do not give us license so that we cannot take in our hands the killing machine."
Aamir questioned the transport department as to how come so many licenses were issued when it was difficult to conduct driving tests for such large number of people at the same time. "And to whom the licenses were given? I request the department to issue licenses slowly after conducting all the tests."
Aamir also drew the police and transport department's attention towards overloaded heavy vehicles on highways. "Outside city limits, overloaded lorries can be spotted. If the authorities ignore the lorries, that are carrying goods more than its capacity, then accidents are bound to happen. It means we are waiting to see someone die."
People involved in transport business should not overload the lorries to gain undue profits, he urged. "If we keep these things in mind, then the accidents can be brought down drastically."
The actor also recalled yesterday's accident at Malshej Ghat and expressed his condolences. "I read in the newspapers about the accident yesterday. What must have been going through in the minds of their families?" the actor asked.