Getting a driving test for getting a licence can be a challenge for a number of people. If you have been waiting to get your driving licence renewed there is good news for you. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has made new rules which state that you no longer need to take a driving test at any Regional Transport Office (RTO) to get a driving licence. The new policy will help you avoid long queues and extended waiting periods at the local RTO to get a driving licence.
Now you can register for a driving license in any recognised driving training school. Learners have to undergo training at any accredited driver training centres to qualify for the licence. If you are able to successfully pass the driving test at these centres, you are exempted from taking the driving test for applying for a driving license at the Regional Transport Office (RTO). The training centres will be equipped with simulators and a dedicated driving test track in order to provide high-quality training to learners.
The new rules will be implemented from 1 July 2021. The new rules, once implemented, will allow private driving training schools to function who have been granted accreditation either by the state transport authority or the central government. The entire process of getting a license i.e., from application to printing has now become online. Electronic certificates and documents will need to be submitted for medical certificates, learner’s license, surrender of driver’s license, and renewal of Driving License. The validity of motor vehicle documents like driving licence registration, registration certificate (RC), and even permits have been extended till 30 June 2021, because of the ongoing pandemic.
What are the new guidelines for getting a driving license without test?
1. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has stated that the accreditation will be given to centres if they meet the criteria of space, driving track, biometric system, and IT and carry out the training as per the prescribed syllabus course.
2. As per the new rule, the driving instructor should have a minimum qualification of having passed class 12 and have a driving experience of at least 5 years.
3. He must follow the teaching curriculum and the course duration of 29 hours which includes 21 hours of practical and 8 hours of theory.
4. The accreditation will be granted for driver training centres for five years and will have to be renewed after that.
5. Training centres with two-wheelers, three-wheelers, and light motor vehicles need at least one acre of land to get accreditation.
6. For heavy vehicles, the training centres should have at least two acres of land.
How long is the training for LMV’s?
The driving course has a total duration of 29 hours, which includes 2 segments – practical and theory. In the practical segment, the learners will spend 21 hours learning the basics of driving, while the theory part constitutes 8 hours of the entire course. The course must be completed in a span of a maximum of 4 weeks from the date of commencement of the course.
What is the duration of HMV training course?
The duration for heavy and medium motor vehicle driving courses is thirty-eight hours. The complete course syllabus must be completed in six weeks and will include two segments, theory and practical. As a part of the course, drivers will also be taught some basic aspects about ethical and courteous behaviour with other road users.
How to get a driving licence online?
1. Instead of a physical test at an RTO, now you can appear for an online test.
2. The online test will be recorded electronically for audit.
3. The new rules have been implemented due to the shortage of good drivers in the Indian roadways sector which causes a lot of accidents due to a lack of knowledge of road regulations.
4. The online test of the applicants is being implemented to reduce the loopholes in the process of issuing driving licences.
5. The online test is expected to be more efficient than physical driving tests.
6. The digitalisation of the process is expected to make the process more transparent and efficient as well.
7. Once the driving training centres issue a certificate, it will automatically reach the motor vehicle licence officer concerned.
The new policy is being implemented due to the ongoing pandemic. These new rules will help in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 across the country. The validity of documents like driving licence, RC, etc. which had expired since 1st of Feb, 2020 or would expire by 30th June 2021, has received an automatic extension till 30th June, 2021.