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New Driving License Rules Starting from June 1; No More Driving Tests At RTO

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in India has introduced a groundbreaking change in the process of obtaining a driving license. Starting June 1, 2024, individuals will have the option to undergo driving tests at private driving training centers instead of government Regional Transport Offices (RTOs). These authorized institutions will be responsible for conducting tests and issuing certificates for license eligibility.

Introduction to the New Driving License Rules

Beginning June 1, 2024, the process of obtaining a driving license in India will undergo significant changes. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has introduced new guidelines that allow individuals to take driving tests at private driving training centers, moving away from the traditional RTO-based testing system.

Reasons for the Change

Tackling Pollution and Phasing Out Old Vehicles

One of the primary motivations behind this change is to tackle pollution. The government aims to phase out approximately 900,000 old government vehicles that are not environmentally friendly and enforce stricter car emission standards.

Streamlining the Licensing Process

The new system aims to streamline the documentation required for obtaining a driving license. By reducing the need for physical checkups at RTOs, the process becomes more efficient and less cumbersome for applicants.

Private Driving Training Centres: A New Era

Land and Facility Requirements

Private driving training centres must meet specific requirements to be authorized to conduct driving tests. For light motor vehicle (LMV) training, centres must have a minimum of 1 acre of land. For heavy motor vehicle (HMV) training, the requirement is 2 acres. Additionally, these centres must provide access to suitable testing facilities.

Trainer Qualifications

Trainers at these centres must have a high school diploma (or equivalent), at least 5 years of driving experience, and be familiar with biometrics and IT systems. This ensures that trainees receive high-quality education and training.

Training Duration

The training duration for different vehicle types is also specified:

  • Light Motor Vehicles (LMV): 29 hours over 4 weeks, including 8 hours of theory and 21 hours of practical training.
  • Heavy Motor Vehicles (HMV): 38 hours over 6 weeks, including 8 hours of theory and 31 hours of practical training.

Licensing Fees and Charges

Here’s a breakdown of the licensing-related fees and charges under the new rules:

  • Issue of learner’s license (Form 3): Rs 150.00
  • Learner’s license test fee (or repeat test): Rs 50.00
  • Driving test fee (or repeat test): Rs 300.00
  • Issue of driving license: Rs 200.00
  • Issue of International Driving Permit: Rs 1000.00
  • Addition of another vehicle class to license: Rs 500.00
  • Endorsement or renewal of authorization for hazardous goods vehicles: Rs 200.00
  • Renewal of driving license: Rs 200.00
  • Renewal of driving license (after grace period): Rs 300.00 + additional fee of Rs 1,000 per year or part thereof (from the expiration of the grace period)
  • Issue or renewal of license for driving instruction school or establishment: Rs 5000.00
  • Appeal against licensing authority orders (rule 29): Rs 500.00
  • Change of address or other particulars in driving license: Rs 200.00

Application Process for a Driving License

Despite the changes, the application process remains largely the same. Applicants can apply online or offline via the Parivahan website. The application fee depends on the type of license. Applicants will need to visit the RTO to submit documents and demonstrate their driving skills for license approval.

Stricter Penalties for Traffic Violations

Speeding Fines

The fine for speeding remains between Rs 1000 to Rs 2000. However, the government has introduced stricter penalties for minors caught driving.

Penalties for Minors

Minors caught driving will face a hefty penalty of Rs 25,000. Their vehicle registration will be revoked, and they will be ineligible for a driving license until they reach the age of 25. This aims to deter underage driving and ensure road safety.

The new driving license rules starting from June 1, 2024, represent a significant shift in how driving tests are conducted in India. By allowing private driving training centres to conduct tests and issue certificates, the government aims to make the process more efficient and environmentally friendly. These changes, along with stricter penalties for traffic violations, are designed to improve road safety and reduce pollution.

1. What are the new rules for obtaining a driving license in India?

Starting June 1, 2024, individuals can take driving tests at private driving training centres instead of government RTOs.

2. Why has the government introduced these new rules?

The new rules aim to streamline the licensing process, reduce pollution by phasing out old vehicles, and improve road safety with stricter penalties for traffic violations.

3. What are the requirements for private driving training centers?

Private driving training centers must have a minimum of 1 acre of land (2 acres for four-wheeler training), provide suitable testing facilities, and employ qualified trainers with at least 5 years of driving experience.

4. How much does it cost to obtain a driving license under the new rules?

The fees include Rs 150 for a learner’s license, Rs 300 for a driving test, and Rs 200 for the issue of a driving license, among others.

5. What penalties are imposed on minors caught driving?

Minors caught driving will face a penalty of Rs 25,000, vehicle registration revocation, and will be ineligible for a driving license until they reach the age of 25.

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