Get driving licence without a test at RTO if you learn at an accredited training centre
These centres will be equipped with simulators and dedicated driving test track to provide high-quality training to candidates, the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) said.
New Delhi: The road transport ministry has notified a new rule that will allow you to get a driving licence after successfully undergoing training at any accredited driver training centre and you won’t need to undertake a driving test at any RTO.
These centres will be equipped with simulators and dedicated driving test track to provide high-quality training to candidates, the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) said, adding that remedial and refresher courses, as per the requirements under Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, can be availed at these centres.
The ministry has "notified rules mandatory for accredited Drivers Training Centres. These rules will come into effect from 1st July, 2021. This will help in imparting proper training and knowledge to candidates who enrol at such centres", a statement said.
The catch is that you have to complete the training and pass the test, which needs to be recorded electronically for audit.
“This entire process will be tech-driven and without any human interference. The accreditation will be given to centres that meet the criteria of space, driving track, IT and biometric system and carry out the training as per prescribed syllabus. Once the centre issues a certificate, it will reach the motor vehicle licence officer concerned,” said an officer.
For the new online method, the government advises applicants to watch some videos on road safety before taking the test for a licence. They should be able to answer 60% of the questions correctly to pass the test. The ones who clear can then print their licence on their own.
The candidates, who successfully pass the test at these centres, will be "exempted from the driving test requirement" at the time of applying for driving licence, which is currently being taken at the regional transport offices.
"This will help the drivers in getting the driving licence after completing training from such accredited driving training centres," the statement said. These centres will be allowed to provide industry-specific specialised training as well, the ministry said, adding that shortage of skilled drivers is one of the major issues in the Indian roadways sector and a large number of road accidents occur due to lack of knowledge of road regulations.
Earlier, the Ministry had said that any individual on successful completion of driver training from such centers, will be exempted from the requirement of driving test while applying for a driving licence. The step will also help the transport industry to have specially trained drivers, which will improve their efficiency and reduce road accidents.
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