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Now Get Your Driving License Faster With New Rules, Starting June 1st

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By uday

Starting June 1, 2024, acquiring a driving license in India will become a smoother and more efficient process, thanks to significant changes announced by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. These changes, which include the option to take driving tests at private training centers, are set to streamline the licensing procedure, enhance road safety, and reduce vehicular pollution.

Driving Tests at Private Training Centers

Under the new regulations, private driving training centers will have the authority to conduct driving tests and issue eligibility certificates for driving licenses. This move is expected to significantly reduce the long wait times often experienced at government-run Regional Transport Offices (RTOs), making it more convenient for applicants to obtain their licenses.

Focus on Pollution Reduction and Road Safety

To improve air quality, the ministry plans to phase out around 900,000 old government vehicles and introduce stricter car emission standards. These efforts are part of a broader strategy to mitigate the environmental impact of vehicles on India’s roads. Additionally, the updated rules introduce a hefty fine of Rs 25,000 for minors caught driving, along with the cancellation of the vehicle owner’s registration card. Offenders will also be barred from obtaining a license until the age of 25. Speeding fines will continue to range between Rs 1,000 and Rs 2,000.

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Simplified Documentation and Training Requirements

The documentation required to apply for a new license has been simplified, depending on the vehicle type (two-wheeler or four-wheeler), reducing the need for physical checks at RTOs. Training centers are now mandated to have adequate land for practical sessions. Trainers must possess a high school diploma, five years of driving experience, and IT knowledge to ensure a high standard of instruction.

Training Duration and Licensing Fees

Training for Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs) is set at 29 hours over four weeks, while Heavy Motor Vehicles (HMVs) require 38 hours over six weeks. Licensing fees have been clearly outlined, with fees ranging from Rs 150 for a learner’s license to Rs 1,000 for an International Driving Permit. Despite these changes, the application process for a driving license remains the same, with applicants having the option to apply online or offline through the Parivahan portal. Applicants must still visit an RTO to submit documents and demonstrate their driving skills for final approval.

Licensing-Related Fees and Charges

Here is a breakdown of the new fees associated with obtaining and maintaining a driving license:

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

These changes reflect a concerted effort by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways to modernize the driving license acquisition process, improve road safety, and contribute to environmental conservation. With the new rules coming into effect on June 1, 2024, applicants can look forward to a more efficient and streamlined licensing experience.

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