Driving Licence Test

Driving License applicants can now take their tests at private training centres

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has introduced new regulations for obtaining a driver’s license, allowing applicants to take their driving tests at privately operated driver training centres instead of Regional Transport Offices (RTOs). These changes, aimed at improving the licensing process, will come into effect on 1st June, 2024.

Under the new rules, applicants can submit their driver’s license applications online through the Parivahan website or in person at their local RTO. The application fees will vary based on the type of license being sought.

Authorised private driving centres will be responsible for issuing certificates to applicants who successfully pass their driving tests. However, applicants will still need to visit the RTO to submit necessary documents and demonstrate their driving skills. To streamline the process, the government has reduced the number of requisite documents for new licenses.

Private driving schools must meet specific requirements to operate under the new regulations. They are required to have at least 1 acre of land for general training purposes and 2 acres for 4-wheeler training. Additionally, the training facilities must be appropriately equipped and trainers must possess a high school diploma and a minimum of five years of driving experience.

These changes are part of the government’s ongoing efforts to enhance road safety and improve the efficiency of the licensing process. By involving private training centres, the MoRTH aims to reduce the burden on RTOs and make it more convenient for applicants to complete their driving tests.

The impact of these new regulations on both applicants and the existing system remains to be seen. While the increased accessibility and streamlined process are expected to benefit many, the effectiveness of private training centres in maintaining testing standards will be closely monitored.

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