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New Driving License Rules, training: Here is what has changed

India announces sweeping changes to driving license rules effective June 1, 2024. Private institutions will conduct driving tests, easing the load on RTOs. Standards for trainers and training facilities are set, aiming to improve driver education quality

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New Driving License Rules, training: Here is what has changed

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The government has announced a significant change to the driving license rules, effective from June 1, 2024. A notification has been issued to inform the public of this update.

Under the new rules, obtaining a driving license will no longer require a driving test at the Government Regional Transport Office (RTO). Instead, private institutions are now authorized to conduct the tests and issue certificates. This change aims to streamline the process and make it more accessible to applicants.

Effective from June 1, 2024, private institutions will now be authorized to conduct driving tests and issue certificates, eliminating the need for applicants to visit Regional Transport Offices (RTOs).

The notification, issued recently, aims to introduce more stringent regulations and ensure higher standards for both light and heavy vehicle drivers. Key highlights of the new driving license rules include:

Privatization of Driving Tests

  • Private driving training centers will be authorized to conduct tests and issue certificates.
  • This move is expected to reduce the burden on RTOs and improve efficiency.

Infrastructure Requirements for Private Centers

  • Minimum land requirement of 1 acre for light vehicle training centers.
  • Additional 2 acres of land required for centers offering training for four-wheelers.
  • Appropriate testing facilities must be available.

Trainer Qualifications

  • Trainers must hold a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • At least 5 years of driving experience is mandatory.
  • Knowledge of biometrics and information technology systems is essential.

Training Duration

Vehicle Type Training Duration Theory Practical
Light Vehicles 4 weeks (min. 29 hours) 8 hours 21 hours
Heavy Vehicles 6 weeks (min. 38 hours) 8 hours 31 hours

Environmental Focus:

  • Phasing out of over 900,000 old vehicles to reduce emissions.
  • Stricter regulations on vehicle emissions.

"The new rules aim to ensure that private driving training centers maintain high standards for drivers of both light and heavy vehicles," stated a government official. "By involving private institutions, we hope to streamline the process and improve the overall quality of driver training."

Driving License Fees

  • Learner License: Rs 200
  • Learner License Renewal: Rs 200
  • International License: Rs 1000
  • Permanent License: Rs 200

How to Apply for Driver's License

  1. Visit the online portal (https://parivahan.gov.in).
  2. Find the "Driving License Apply" option on the homepage and click on it.
  3. The application form will open. Print it if needed.
  4. Fill in all the necessary information correctly in the application form.
  5. Upload the required documents mentioned in the form.
  6. Review and complete the application as per the given instructions.
  7. Option to apply online or offline, depending on your preference.
  8. After completing the application process, visit the RTO to submit the required documents and provide proof of your driving skills.
  9. Upon completing all the steps, you will be issued a driving license.

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