'Withdraw minimum qualification for drivers'

The Karnataka Tourist Motorcab/Maxicab Owners Welfare Association has demanded that the State government roll back the minimum education qualification of eighth standard set for all commercial vehicle drivers.

 President of the Association Byarava Siddaramaiah said, “There is an opposition throughout the country against the minimum qualification and this rule in the Central Motor Vehicle Rules 1989 is only been implemented now.”

“For driving, one needs to follow the traffic rules and be able to read the road signs which all the drivers are capable of. Why then such a condition?” he questioned.

He said that the condition would render many youth unemployed as a lot of them have expertise in driving but have not studied till eighth standard.

He said that the association had written letters to the State government and the Union government for withdrawal of the condition.

Alleging that when the politicians do not have a minimum qualification to fight the elections and run the country, he said, “Why should there be a condition for us drivers?”

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