SRINAGAR — The Union Transport Ministry has introduced fresh, easier rules to obtain a driving license without going through the painstaking process of driving test.
An amended rule by the Union Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways came into effect on Thursday, allowing candidates to get a driving license without taking driving tests.
Driving license applicants will now be able to obtain the document in an easier way, without going through the tedious process via Assistant Regional Transport Offices (ARTOs).
The Transport ministry has notified the new rules for accrediting driver training centres where applicants will be provided with high-quality driving courses. If the candidates successfully pass the test at these centres, they will be exempted from appearing for driving tests at ARTO offices at the time of getting a license.
According to the Transport Ministry, the Accredited Driver Training Centres are equipped with simulators and a dedicated driving test track to provide high-quality training to candidates seeking a license.
The notification further reads that candidates will be trained in light motor vehicles (LMVs), medium and heavy motor vehicles (HMVs).
The duration for training in LMVs is 29 hours, which will be completed in a time span of a maximum of four weeks from the date of the start of the course. Candidates will be given both theoretical and practical knowledge.
The duration for training in LMVs is 36 hours, which will be completed in a time span of six weeks. Training here will also be theoretical and practical, the ministry said.
Not just LMVs and HMVs, the centres will also provide industry-specific specialised training.