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Driving licence for those with hearing disability (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II, Topic: Recognition of rights of people with disability)

Union Ministry directed states to issue driving licences to hearing impaired people
The Union Road Transport and Highways Ministry has directed all States to issue driving licences to persons with hearing disabilities.

The Ministry had observed that regional transport authorities had declined driving licenses to hearing-impaired people, citing Section 8(4) of the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988.
It said that the applications of hearing-impaired persons should be considered on a par with other individuals.

Rationale behind this move:
“It is well recognised that the loss of hearing does not per se impact the ability to drive. As an added precaution, [the applicants] should be asked to display on the car a sign indicating the driver is hearing impaired,” said the letter written by the Centre.


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