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The eligibility for getting a driving licence (DL) has extended to individuals with monocular vision too. N J Shirabthinanth, a 26-year-old Tamilian has become the first Indian citizen with vision in only one eye, to get a valid driving licence. The licence was granted by Madurai South RTO, as per the new directives of the centre.
Shirabathinath, hailing from Palanganatham in Madurai, lost his vision in an accident at the age of just two. Initially, he believed that it would be impossible for him to get a driving licence even though he could drive properly.
However, on 21st November 2017, an order was passed which stated that all citizens with monocular vision can apply for a driving licence if they pass a series of tests. These tests will be conducted to assess the applicants' visual acuity.
Applicants with monocular vision have to score a minimum of 6 out of 12 points in Goldmann perimetry test or visual acuity test, as it is generally known. The above-mentioned tests are done in addition to the existing theoretical and practical sessions applicable for other individuals.
In India, many people fail to get a driving licence even after having no physical difficulties. There are many like Shirabthinanth in the country and finally, they all can enjoy the art of driving.
Thoughts On Driving Licence In India Extending To Those With Monocular Vision
It is good to see that the government is considering individuals with certain challenges equally as any other citizen. While most government and private departments offer enough support to those in need, there are certain instances in which they cannot get all the opportunities as a normal person. Hopefully, this new reform in issuing driving licences can be a good start.