On Tuesday, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has decided to dismiss the requirement of minimum educational qualification for driving a transport vehicle.

An official statement read that the process of amendment to Rule 8 of Central Motor Vehicles 1989 and the draft notification in this regard will be issued soon. As per the current Central Motor Vehicle Rules, imposed in 1989, a transport vehicle driver needs to have a minimum 8th standard passed.

“In a move to benefit skilled persons from economically underprivileged sections of society, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has decided to remove the requirement of minimum educational qualification for driving a transport vehicle,” the statement said.

The decision aims to open up the opportunity for a large number of youth and to meet the shortage of nearly 22 lakh drivers in the transport and logistics sector which has been hampering its growth. It described that there are many unemployed persons especially in the rural areas of the country who in spite of not having formal education are skilled.

The Haryana state government had submitted that many people in the region possess the required skill but due to the lack of educational qualification, they are unable to have a driving license.

The statement further claimed that “However, while removing the requirement of minimum educational qualification, the Ministry has strongly emphasized upon training and skill testing of drivers so that road safety is not compromised in any way.”

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