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New Driving License Rules in India from June 1: All You Need to Know

In India, getting a driving licence takes a long time and requires visiting many offices and filling out many forms. This complicated process makes it easier for corruption and unnecessary delays to happen, which can affect road safety across the country.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has announced new regulations that will be in effect from June 1, 2024. Here’s a breakdown of the key points:

1. NO MORE RTO DRIVING TESTS:

One of the biggest changes is that you won’t have to take your driving test at the Regional Transport Office (RTO) anymore. Instead, you can take it at a certified private driving school! This should make the process more convenient and potentially less stressful.

2. PRIVATE DRIVING SCHOOLS TAKE CHARGE

Government-approved private driving schools will now be authorised to conduct driving tests. To ensure quality, these schools will need to meet specific requirements, including:

  • Having a minimum amount of land for training (1 acre for two-wheelers, 2 acres for four-wheelers)
  • Providing a suitable testing facility
  • Employing qualified trainers with a high school diploma, at least 5 years of experience, and knowledge of IT systems

3. MORE TRAINING REQUIRED

The new rules also mandate a minimum duration for driving lessons. You’ll need to complete:

  • 29 hours (over 4 weeks) for getting a licence for light motor vehicles (cars, scooters etc.)
  • 38 hours (over 6 weeks) for getting a licence for heavy motor vehicles (trucks, buses etc.)

These lessons will be divided between theory (learning traffic rules) and practical training (behind-the-wheel practice).

4. STRICTER PENALTIES OF TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS

The new rules come with a stronger focus on road safety. Here are some key points:

  • The penalty for driving without a valid licence can be as high as Rs 2,000.
  • Minors caught driving will face a hefty fine of Rs 25,000. Parents of such minors may also face legal action, and the vehicle’s registration might be cancelled.

Overall, the new driving licence rules aim to make the process more streamlined and efficient while promoting better-trained drivers on the road.

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