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No ‘Minimum Educational Qualification’ Needed To Get Driver’s Licence

The minimum educational qualification will no longer be a requirement for obtaining a driver’s licence, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said on Tuesday. Currently under the Rule 8 of Central Motor Vehicles 1989, a transport vehicle driver applying for a driver’s licence needs to have passed class 8. An official statement said that the process of amendment to Rule 8 of Central Motor Vehicles 1989 and would issue a draft notification soon in this regard. Employment opportunities will be available for a large number un-employed youth by removing the requirement of minimum educational qualification. Presently, there is a shortage of about 22 lakh drivers in the transport and logistics sector. The Haryana government came up with this initiative, saying that many youth were unable to get a driving licence due to this pre-requisite. While recommending the removal of the clause, the ministry has strongly emphasized upon the training and skill testing of the drivers so that safety is not compromised. The road transport ministry had already proposed the removal of the requirement for minimum educational qualification in the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill and the previous Lok Sabha passed the bill.

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