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Rajasthan High Court Orders For Cancellation Of All Driving Licenses Given To Illiterate Persons

Team SoOLEGAL 29 May 2019 3:00pm

Rajasthan High Court Orders For Cancellation Of All Driving Licenses Given To Illiterate Persons

In a judgment having extensive consequences, the Rajasthan High Court has ordered the cancellation of all light motor vehicle driving licenses issued to such illiterate persons. The order has been passed in a writ petition which was filed by a person requesting license to drive transport vehicle on such ground that earlier he had been issued license to drive light motor vehicle nearly thirteen years ago. While hearing the petition, the single bench observed that though the petitioner was illiterate, he was granted the driving license. The bench expressed its view that Motor Vehicle Rules are framed not only for the benefit of persons who seek license but also taking into consideration the public who are using the roads.

"The license cannot be allowed to be issued for driving any kind of vehicle to an illiterate person as he is virtually a menace for the pedestrians as he would not be in a position to understand road signs and notices of caution written on boards for human safety on the highways as well as on the roads in the cities",
said the bench.


"The license of Light Motor Vehicles issued to the petitioner and similar persons also must be therefore withdrawn, The State Transport Authorities were directed to issue appropriate instructions in this regard laying down guidelines Action should also be taken where licenses have been issued to persons who are unable to read and write" ordered the Court in a 2 page judgment.

The Government has also been directed to submit a report within a month.

It shall be noted that the Motor Vehicles Act or the Central Motor Vehicle Rules do not prescribe any minimum educational qualification for possessing of a driving license for light motor vehicles. The minimum educational requirement which is prescribed for transport license is Class VII (Passed).

Thus, the order impacting the lives of several persons seems to be against the statutory law and the Court also did not refer any data to support that most accidents were/are caused by such illiterate drivers.

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