Section 8 of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019 empowers the central government to make rules regarding accreditation of driver training centres.
The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) has notified new rules which will be mandatory for accredited drivers training centres where candidates will be provided high-quality driving courses, and once the test is cleared, they will be exempted from the driving test at the time of obtaining a license. It will help the drivers in getting the license after completing training from accredited training centres. This rule will come into effect from 1st July, 2021.
These training centres shall be equipped with a dedicated driving test track to provide high-quality training to candidates and stimulators. Refresher and remedial courses, as per the requirements under Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, can be availed at these centres, ministry added. As per a statement," this will help in imparting proper training and knowledge to candidates who enroll at such centers."
Also, these centres will be allowed to provide industry-specific specialized training as well. Shortage of skilled drivers is one of the major concern in the Indian roadways sector and a large number of road accidents happens because of lack of knowledge of road regulations.
The notification said, the time period for light motor vehicle driving course in accredited driver training centres is 29 hours in the span of maximum 4 weeks and for medium and heavy motor vehicle driving course is 38 hours in the span of six weeks from the date of beginning of the course. The course will be divided into two segments: theory and practice.