The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways on Friday said that Indian citizens with mild to medium colour blindness will now be able to obtain driving licenses.

“The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued a notification for an amendment  to the FORM 1 and FORM 1A of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989for enabling the  Citizens with mild to medium colour blindness in obtaining the driving license,” an official statement said.

The ministry said that it has been taking many measures to enable divyangjan citizens to avail transport-related services and especially relating to the obtaining of the driving licence.

“The advisories issued in regard to facilitating driving licence to the divyangjan and further an advisory for people with monocular vision have been issued earlier,” the statement reads.

The ministry has received representations that the colour blind citizens are not able to have the driving license sue to requirements of physical fitness and medical certificate.

To solve this issue, the ministry sought recommendations from various medical experts.

As per the recommendations received by the ministry,  mild to medium colour blind citizens to be allowed to drive.

However, people with severe colour blindness have been barred from driving.

“This is also allowed in other parts of the world. Accordingly, a draft notification was issued to seek comments and suggestions,” the ministry said.

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