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The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988

8. Grant  of  learner's  licence. 

  1. Any  person  who  is  not disqualified under  for driving  a motor vehicle and who is not for the time being disqualified for holding or obtaining a driving licence may,  subject to  the provisions  of , apply  to the licensing authority having jurisdiction in the area--
  1. in  which he  ordinarily resides or carries on business, or
  2. in  which the  school or  establishment referred  to in from where  he  intends  to  receive  instruction  in driving a  motor vehicle  is situate,  for the  issue to him of a learner's licence.
  1. Every application under sub-section (1) shall be in such form and shall be accompanied by such documents and with such fee as may be prescribed by the Central Government.
  2. Every  application under sub-section (1) shall be accompanied by a  medical certificate  in such  form as  may be  prescribed by the Central Government and signed by such registered medical practitioner, as the State Government or any person authorised in this behalf by the State Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint for this purpose.
  3. If,  from the  application or  from the  medical  certificate referred to  in sub-section  (3), it  appears that  the  applicant  is suffering from  any disease or disability which is likely to cause the driving by  him of  a motor  vehicle of  the class  which he  would be authorised by  the learner's  licence applied  for to  drive to  be a source of  danger to  the public  or to  the passengers, the licensing authority shall refuse to issue the learner's licence:

Provided that  a learner's  licence limited to driving an invalid carriage may be issued to the applicant, if the licensing authority is satisfied that he is fit to drive such a carriage.

  1. No  learner's licence shall be issued to any applicant unless he passes  to the satisfaction of the licensing authority such test as may be prescribed by the Central Government.
  2. When  an application  has been  duly made  to the appropriate licensing authority  and the applicant has satisfied such authority of his physical  fitness under  sub-section (3)  and has  passed  to  the satisfaction of  the licensing  authority the test referred to in sub-section (5),  the licensing authority shall, subject to the provisions, issue  the applicant  a learner's  licence  unless  the applicant is  disqualified under for driving a motor vehicle or is  for the  time being  disqualified for  holding or  obtaining  a licence to drive a motor vehicle:

Provided that a licensing authority may issue a learner's licence to drive  a motor  cycle or a light motor vehicle notwithstanding that it is  not the  appropriate licensing  authority, if such authority is satisfied that  there is  good reason for the applicant's inability to apply to the appropriate licensing authority.

  1. Where  the  Central  Government  is  satisfied  that  it  is necessary or expedient so to do, it may, by rules made in this behalf, exempt generally,  either absolutely  or subject to such conditions as may be  specified  in  the  rules,  any  class  of  persons  from  the provisions of sub-section (3), or sub-section (5), or both.
  2. Any  learner's licence  for driving  a motor  cycle in  force immediately before  the commencement  of this  Act shall,  after  such commencement, be deemed to be effective for driving a motor cycle with or without gear.

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