Now, no min educational qualification needed for transport vehicle drivers

Sushant Ranjan
Wednesday, 19 June 2019

MORTH’s decision will benefit the underprivileged and unemployed

Pune: In a move to benefit skilled persons from economically underprivileged sections of the society, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH) has decided to remove the requirement of minimum educational qualification (Class 8 pass) for driving a transport vehicle. However, the ministry has emphasised that the driver can read signs and perform logistical duty.

“The ministry has taken a decision which will benefit a large number of unemployed persons, especially in rural areas of the country, who may not have a formal education but are otherwise literate and skilled. The removal of this requirement will open up employment opportunities for a large number of unemployed persons, especially the youth in the country,” said the ministry in a statement released on Tuesday. 

Not only this, but the decision will also help meet the shortage of nearly 22 lakh drivers in the transport and logistics sector, which is hindering its growth.

“However, while removing the requirement of minimum educational qualification, the ministry has strongly emphasised upon training and testing the skills of drivers so that road safety is not compromised in any way. Anyone applying for a driving license will have to mandatorily pass a stringent skill test. The ministry has emphasised that training imparted by a school or establishment as mentioned in the Motor Vehicles Act 1988 should ensure that the driver can read signs and perform logistical duties such as maintenance of driver logs, inspection of trucks and trailers, submission of pre-trip and post-trip records, determination of discrepancies in paperwork, effective communication to report safety hazards,” read the statement.

Moreover, schools and establishments which are providing vocational training and skilling facilities are subject to regulatory control by the states. Hence, the training imparted should be of high quality covering all aspects of driving a particular type of motor vehicle.

The ministry had already proposed the removal of the requirement for educational qualification in the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill that was passed by the previous Lok Sabha. The subject was also deliberated upon by the Standing Committee and  Select Committee of the Parliament. 

MORTH has initiated the process of amendment to Rule 8 of Central Motor Vehicles 1989 and the draft notification in this regard will be issued soon.

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