New driving licence-holders will have to serve one year’s probation

File: A driving licence test

Kathmandu, April 1

The government is revising its driving licence rules, according to which new licence-holders will be required to serve one year’s probation.

The Department of Transport Management Director-General Namaraj Ghimire says the new provision will come into effect by June.

For the probation period, the drivers and riders will be given a card that also has a QR code. Traffic police will check the QR code to determine if it is genuine.

On the other hand, whenever there is any traffic rule violation, the police will make a hole in the card. Five or more holes in one year mean the cardholder will have to pass the driving licence exam again.

But, if there are no or less than four holes, the cardholder will be given the driving licence after one year.

Currently, due to the limited capacity of the smart card printers, many people who have passed the licence exams have also not received their licences and are forced to carry the receipt of them paying a revenue after the exams. Ghimire hopes the new provision will solve this problem also.

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