There are various documents associated with owning a vehicle and driving it, such as your driving licence, registration certificate, motor insurance, and more. For most of these documents, except for things like motor insurance
, you are required to visit the RTO (Regional Transport Office). Till now, this included getting your driving licence.
However, such would not be the case anymore. According to the new driving licence rules
, you will no longer be required to be personally present at the RTO and give tests to be able to obtain your driver’s licence. It can now be issued to you without any such hassles.
New driving licence rules
According to the amendments to the current regulations notified by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, a person requiring a driving licence will no longer need to visit the RTO and appear for a test. If they are registered with a recognised driving school, they can obtain their licence from the school. This applies to licences for two-wheelers as well as four-wheelers.
This may provide relief to licence applicants who may have dreaded the test and procedures of the RTO for acquiring a licence. Your licence can now be obtained through your driving school. As a process, the ease of this may be comparable to getting your car insurance
online as opposed to offline.
Since the licence issuance will be done by driving schools, there are a few new rules that they may have to abide by. These are as follows:
- If the driving school acts as a training centre for two-wheelers, light motor vehicles, as well as three-wheelers, it will be required to have at least one acre of land to facilitate training. A minimum of two acres of land will be required if the centre trains for medium or heavy vehicles (passenger or cargo). *
- Trainers at the driving school should be qualified. They should hold at least a Grade 12 diploma, or they should possess at least five years of driving experience. In addition to this, trainers must also have a clear understanding of traffic rules and regulations. *
- The training school must have a course of a minimum of 4 weeks or 29 hours for training light motor vehicle drivers. The course ought to be divided into theory and practical training. *
- As part of the practical side of the course, the students are expected to be taught how to drive on common roads, highways, as well as major roads. They also ought to be trained for downhill and uphill driving, parking, reversing, and other such things that a driver needs to be well-versed with. *
* Standard T&C apply
In India, citizens over the age of 18 can get a licence for light motor vehicles. If you are someone who is planning to get a driving licence as well as buy a car or a bike and ply it on the roads, ensure that you have all other relevant documentation as well.
For example, if you are planning to buy a bike, you may also need to ensure that your bike is registered and get bike insurance
alongside. Remember to renew your bike insurance at the end of every term.
As a person who is driving, it is also ideal for you to get life insurance and health insurance
. If you are worried that the costs may burn a hole in your pockets, you can check a life or health insurance premium calculator
to get a better idea of how these plans work.
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