Government’s big decision on driving license, change in motor vehicle rules

Now light and medium color blind people will also be able to get driving licenses. The Union Road Transport and Highways Ministry on Friday issued a notification for the necessary amendments in the motor vehicle rules in this regard. The ministry said that it is also allowed in other parts of the world.

The ministry said in a statement that the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued a notification for amendment of Form-1 and Form-1A of the Central Motor Vehicles (CMV) Rules-1989. With this, light and moderately disabled citizens will be able to get a driving license.

The ministry said that it is taking several steps to provide transport-based services especially driving license to ‘PwD’ citizens. The statement said that counseling for driving license has been issued to the ‘Divyangjan’ citizens. Now counseling for driving license is being issued to color blind people.

The Ministry was informed that driving license is not being issued to color blind citizen. 

The colour blindness will be tested through Ishihara chart, known test for such problems, said an official in the Ministry of Transport.

Debarring people with colour blindness would impact around 3 per cent population. In India, existince of congenital colour blindness is about 8 per cent in males and 0.4% in females, said the official.

Earlier, the Ministry had received a number of  representations from various organisations stating that the colour blind citizens are not able to have driving licences.

The Ministry had constituted an expert committee, comprising opthamologusts from AIIMS, Delhi and sought their suggestions.

The committee had said that there is no need to test colour blindness for licence to drive private vehicles, including two-wheelers.

The panel also said that for commercial vehicle drivers, license can be issued if the deficiency is mild or moderate. In case of serious deficiencies, no license should be issued, the panel said.

The panel also suggested the government to make traffic lights colour blindness friendly as per the International Commission on Illumination.

However, the severely disabled citizens will not be issued a driving license.

The panel also noted that European Union has removed the restriction on people with colour blindness in obtaining driving licence while in United States, licences are not issued to such persons for driving commercial vehicles.

The colour blindness will be tested through Ishihara chart, known test for such problems, said an official in the Ministry of Transport.

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