‘No Driving License For Illiterates’

New Delhi: As per existing Motors Vehicle Act, 1988, a minimum qualification of Class 8th pass is required for getting a transport vehicle or commercial license. However, one couldn’t find any minimum educational qualification for the holder of private vehicle license in India.

However the Rajasthan High Court banned illiterates from driving. Justice Sanjeev Prakash Sharma from Rajasthan HC has ruled a verdict, which essentially bans all illiterates from driving any vehicle in the state.

The Judge ordered State Transport Authority to immediately cancel driving licenses of every illiterate in the state.

As per the ruling, if a person doesn’t know how to read and write, then how will he be able to understand road signs, and the directions.

The verdict stated,

The license cannot be allowed to be issued for driving any kind of vehicle to an illiterate person as he is virtually a menace for the pedestrians.

Anyways, it is common knowledge that most of the truck and bus drivers in India (which comes under commercial license) are illiterates, as they first join as helpers and then gradually learn driving the vehicle on their own.

And getting a class 8th pass certificate is no big deal in India, especially for drivers who wish to have a commercial license.


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