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Government Clarifies: Certificates from Accredited Driver Training Schools Do Not Waive Driving Test Requirements

The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways recently clarified the regulations surrounding Accredited Driver Training Centers (ADTC) and other driving schools, addressing misconceptions highlighted in recent media reports.

In a press release, the ministry emphasized that there are no forthcoming changes to the current regulations as of June 1, 2024. These regulations are encapsulated under Rules 31B to 31J of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules (CMVR), 1989, which were introduced through GSR 394(E) on June 7, 2021, and have been effective since July 1, 2021. These rules set the standards and procedures for accrediting driver training centers with the aim of enhancing driver education quality and road safety.

Additionally, amendments to Section 12 of the Motor Vehicles (MV) Act, 1988, through the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019, introduced subsections (5) and (6). These amendments specifically address the regulation and accreditation of driving schools or establishments by a body notified by the Central Government.

Accreditation for ADTCs can be granted by the State Transport Authority or any authorized agency as notified by the Central Government, based on recommendations from testing agencies identified in Rule 126 of CMVR, 1989. Candidates who successfully complete a course at an ADTC receive a certificate (Form 5B) as stipulated under sub-rule (iii) of Rule 31E of CMVR, 1989. This certificate grants the holder an exemption from the driving test requirement under the proviso to sub-rule (2) of Rule 15 of CMVR, 1989.

On the other hand, driving schools established under Rule 24 of CMVR, 1989, which adhere to less stringent requirements compared to ADTCs, issue a different certificate (Form 5) upon course completion as per sub-rule (d) of Rule 27 of CMVR, 1989. However, this certificate does not provide an exemption from the driving test requirement under the same proviso of Rule 15.

Despite these exemptions, the Ministry reiterated that the final authority to issue a driving license lies with the licensing authority. Applicants must submit their applications accompanied by either Form 5 or Form 5B, depending on their training institution.

The ministry’s clarification aims to eliminate any confusion regarding the implications of certificates issued by ADTCs and other driving schools. It underscores the commitment to maintaining rigorous standards for driver training and licensing to ensure road safety.

Ultimately, the process for obtaining a driving license remains stringent to ensure that all drivers possess the necessary skills and knowledge. This approach supports the ministry’s broader goal of reducing traffic accidents and improving overall road safety across the country. 

The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways continues to monitor and refine regulations to align with the evolving needs of road safety and driver competency, ensuring that all licensed drivers meet the required standards of proficiency.

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