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

The decision will help to meet the shortage ofnearly 22 lakh drivers in the transport and logistics sector, which is hindering its growth. 

However, Government has made it clear that while removing the requirement of a minimum educational qualification, they will have undergo for training and skill testing 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. It is to be noted that Under Rule 8 of the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989, a transport vehicle driver needs to have passed class 8. Government has initiated the process of amendment to the Rule 8 of Central Motor Vehicles 1989 and the draft notification in this regard will be issued soon.

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