Province govts claim to have allowed use of personal vehicles for driving license trials

Published On: February 18, 2024 08:05 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Feb 18: The provincial governments have claimed that they have now allowed applicants to use their own vehicles during the practical test of driving license. After the National Vigilance Center (NVC) instructed the provincial governments to remove the mandatory requirement of using the vehicles of the trial centers by paying a fee, various provinces claimed that they have implemented the practice to allow the test takers to use their own vehicles voluntarily while taking the practical test (trial) for driving licenses.

In the Driving License Examination Procedure Manual 2077 BS, it is mentioned that one should use their personal vehicles during driving license trials. However, this compulsory requirement was later amended, allowing test takers to use vehicles from fee-based driving training centers.

Due to this, complaints were raised regarding the limited availability of vehicles and that they are compelled to take trials with vehicles that are in bad shape by paying high fees. Based on that, on January 21, the NVC issued instructions to arrange the use of personal vehicles.

So far, Lumbini, Karnali, and Sudurpaschim provinces have confirmed the implementation of this system. Karnali and Sudurpaschim provinces have officially written a letter to the NVC of their compliance to such a system. Additionally, the Madhesh Province government has directed offices issuing driving licenses to implement this system.

The NVC had written to the offices of the Chief Minister and Council of Ministers of all the seven provinces and given this instruction. The NVC also cited the Prevention of Corruption Act and issued instructions to regulate the voluntary use of vehicles.

However, Bagmati, Gandaki, and Koshi provinces have yet to respond to the NVC's directives.


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