Complete Guide to Get a Driving Licence for Physically Disabled Person
Majority of us have a strong desire to drive and ride. This is especially crucial for the physically challenged, because driving is one of the only places where there is no difference in movement between physically challenged and an able-bodied person. Everywhere else, because they need crutches, walkers, and wheelchairs. Their movement is limited by the flexibility of these walking aids.
As a result, a physically challenged person's ability to drive is more critical than anyone else's. If you are physically challenged, owning and operating a car in this city is not easy. Due to a slew of government orders, the regulations and their understanding have just recently been defined. So I'll provide you all the information you need to own and operate a car if you're physically challenged.
Process of Identifying the Car and Required Documents
Zero-in on a Car
- If both of your lower limbs are compromised, choose an automated vehicle with hand-operated accelerator and brake.
- If only right leg is impacted, you can choose between a manual or automatic automobile with modifications for hand-controlled accelerator and brake.
- If you simply have a problem with your lower left leg, you can drive an automatic car without any changes.
- If only one hand is affected, you can drive an automated car without making any changes.
Let's look at the documents that one needs before approaching the RTO-
- Id proof of the applicant
- Address proof
- A UDID Card (Unique id for persons with disabilities) together with a disability certificate which can be obtained from an authorized medical practitioner who shall examine the type of physical disability of the person and calculate the degree of disability based on specific norms
- Driving ability certificate: This certificate gives an idea about the kind of car the applicant can drive with the above-mentioned modification options in mind
- There are numerous government directives that discuss road tax relief, excise duty relief, and modification rules, among other things. Keep them handy, but you shouldn't need them because RTOs will have it
- While buying a vehicle one needs to keep in mind that the registration of the vehicle is temporary in nature and not as Light Motor Vehicle.
- Inform the dealer while you're negotiating the price that you're planning to register it as an invalid carriage, and you can get a 50% discount on your own damage insurance. However, since you have not yet registered your car as an invalid carriage, you may not receive a 50% discount, but you may receive a substantial discount. Also, when you renew your insurance after a year, make sure you speak with the insurance company and supply them with a copy of your disability and Driving Ability certificate, as well as a copy of your RC Book that says "Invalid Carriage." They will provide you with a 50% discount.
- A note on scooters. TVS provides various models like Scooty, Scooty Streak, and Wego models with extra balancing wheels explicitly designed for physically challenged people. You don't need to do anything to get it registered as invalid carriage; one can directly avail tax exemption and get a 50c/o discount in premium because the company does it.
Modification and Registration
- Once you get the delivery of the vehicle, it has to be adequately modified. Please ensure that you get the modification done by an authorized agency which is recognised by A.R.A.I for its driving equipment and has adequate state government approval for doing the modifications. Once the changes are done, ask your dealer to get this vehicle registered as an INVALID CARRIAGE which is defined as a vehicle specifically designed and built for the use of a person with a physical defect or impairment, and used only by or for that person.
- Once you have your vehicle registered as invalid carriage approach, the RTO with below mentioned documents.
- Insurance letter
- Vehicle invoice
- PUC certificate
- Sale letter
- Temporary registration certificate
- Form 20 indicating class of vehicle as invalid carriage.
- NAMV form giving details of modification done in the vehicle.
- Address and Id proof.
- Disability ID and Disability certificate.
- Driving ability certificate.
- Chassis imprint on two sheets of paper.
- Covering letter requesting RTO to register your car as invalid carriage. Submit the above documents at the RTO and ask the inspector to inspect the vehicle for its modifications, keeping the disability in mind. The registration charges should be nominal as one gets 100% exemption in road tax. Finally after the payments have been made you would be asked to come after a week to collect the RC book. Upon receiving the RC book check all the details carefully, specially class of vehicle as invalid carriage and other details like colour, engine etc.
Applying for Learner's Licence
- Once you have your vehicle registered as invalid carriage, apply for the learner's licence online through the official parivahan website.
- Select the option learner's licence and upload all the documents discussed above.
- Take a copy of all the documents and visit the RTO together with the original registration certificate, disability ID card, certificate and the driving ability certificate.
- Take your vehicle along for the LLR.
- After payment of fees and submission of documents, get your picture taken, and after a few hours, download your learner's licence from the website.
Applying for Permanent Licence
- Apply for a driving licence from the same website after a month's time and upload all the submitted documents. Once done, take a printout of all the forms and visit the RTO.
- Pay the fees and give your driving test on your vehicle in the presence of RTO inspector.
- Once the inspector approves your driving skills, get your documents signed and your photo taken for the licence.
- Collect your licence from the RTO the next day.
The above procedure is not applicable in certain disabilities, which have been excluded. Please find them below - Blind people. - Deaf people. - People with mental health issues. - People with motor control issues. I hope the above information will be beneficial for the targeted audience.