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Soon, no educational qualifications required for transport vehicle drivers: Ministry


New Delhi, Jun 19 (IANS): After the Rajasthan High Court ordered scrapping of driving licences for the uneducated drivers, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH) will now remove the requirement of educational qualifications for a driver of transport vehicles.

The Ministry also tweeted the same announcement on Tuesday evening where it confirmed that the process of amendment to Rule 8 of Central Motor Vehicles 1989 and the draft notification will be issued soon.

The decision, though, could be linked to the recent order by the Rajasthan High Court where it has observed that the uneducated drivers are prone to failing to read signboards, and other signals. The court had ordered cancellation of driver licences of these drivers.

The High Court ruled that an illiterate person is "virtually a menace for pedestrians" and has directed the transport authorities to issue appropriate instructions, lay down guidelines and take necessary actions in cases where licences were issued to people unable to read and write.

From the Central Government's side, the officials argued that the Central Motor Vehicle Rules (CMVR) have no provision of a minimum qualification to obtain a driving license.

The officials added that every applicant has to pass the test which comprises reading road and traffic signs and a few objective questions.

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  • John Tauro, M'lore

    Thu, Jun 20 2019

    When minimum qualification is required for a bus conductor, drivers should not be exempted from being able to read and write. Inability to read signboards can prove to be hazardous.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangaluru

    Thu, Jun 20 2019

    Drivers need to know how to drive vehicle safely and nothing else.

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  • AnoNymouS, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 20 2019

    Drivers also need to read the road traffic signs. Atleast they wont have to forge duplicate certificates and qualifications. Let us all become equal and illiterate. Next they will scap any education qualification for all MP's MLA's and Air India Pilots.

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Thu, Jun 20 2019

    Same rule should be applicable to MP / MLA s! We need educated politicians for a better India!!

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 20 2019

    continuation of tuglaq-raaj realising himself has no qualification 2 rule remained r da drivers y dey need driving licence 2 drive????????? central's petta govt., will soon abolish driving licence 4 drivers

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  • martin, bantwal

    Thu, Jun 20 2019

    OFCOURSE when PM doesnt've one.. why should lowly drivers.education min-has 2 fake degrees.. & qualification of rest of feku ministry can be written in back of postage stamp!
    EDUCATION comes last in fekus agenda.more the illiterate more votes for feku.people simply have to pass "MODIlogy" where bhakts wont be allowed to think critically they simply have to shout modi..modi.

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  • Anilkumar, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 20 2019

    This is yet another example showing negative progress. We are already having problems with mad driving especially due to lack of education. Now even that is being made easy!!!

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  • Anuj Nayan, UDUPI

    Thu, Jun 20 2019

    Drive as you like... Wherever you like... Whenever you like... Jai Ho...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Jun 20 2019

    Very similar to our Politicians ...

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.

    Thu, Jun 20 2019

    People,

    An unqualified driver with a drivers license on road is no better than a suicide bomber...thousands of innocents will die in road accidents due to this stupid decision by Government...

    Seldom Indian HC decisions are fair...this decision is right, Central Government is wrong here ....reminds me SC Shahbanoo verdict and Rajiv Gandhi's decision to circumvent it...

    ...Tak...Takk...

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  • Oswald S., Valencia, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 20 2019

    This is bad news knowing the driver licence could be obtained by bribing or by other means. Indian driving licence is not valid in any other countries and where one has to undergo rigorous tests to obtain it. Instead of progressing we are going backwards. Rajasthan HC judgement is correct and must be obeyed.

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  • Sanjeev Kamath, Udupi / Seattle

    Thu, Jun 20 2019

    States like Rajasthan, MP, HP, Chattisgarh &Punjab should stop issuing driving licences without seeing the applicant's face for a mere Rs 300/- per head, risking lives of the entire nation.

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  • PEDDA GUNDOO, MANGALURU

    Wed, Jun 19 2019

    Since so many MINISTER never went to the school of course they will promote the uneducated people and get the votes blindly ! Drivers must have education with regard to the traffic laws, accidents, maintenance of vehicle, Go GREEN concepts ! and of course self respect !! Driving is not a joke or JOKER Job its a responsible job not less than a DOCTOR OR ENGINEER one small mistake he will take several hundred people die !!!

    Minister go and take a rest and OR REST IN PEACE

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