NATIONAL HIGHWAYS AND MOTORWAY POLICE DRIVERS LICENCING AUTHORITY RULES, 2014
[Gazette of Pakistan, Extraordinary, Part-II, 20th March, 2015]
S.R.O. 37(KE)/2015, dated 29.12.2014. In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (q) of sub-section (2) of Section 90 read with Section 17 of the National Highways Safety Ordinance, 2000 (XL of 2000), the Federal Government is pleased to make the following rules, namely:–
1. Short title and commencement.–(1) These Rules shall be called the National Highways and Motorway Police Drivers Licencing Authority Rules, 2014.
(2) These shall come into force at once.
2. Definitions.–(1) In these Rules, unless the context otherwise requires.
(a) “Applicant” means a person applying for a licence or permit;
(b) “Biometrics” means the thumb impression and finger prints or any other legally approved method of establishing identity of the applicant through digital means;
(c) CDL means a Computerized Driving Licence issued by DLA;
(d) DLA means the National Highways and Motorway Police, Drivers Licencing Authority established under the Ordinance;
(e) “Digital Photograph” means picture of the applicant captured in person through the authorized system of the DLA at the premises through digital camera to be printed on the driving licence;
(f) “Digital Record” means information of the applicant recorded in the computerized database as per First, Second, Third and Fourth Schedules of the Ordinance;
(g) “Driver” means any person driving a vehicle with a valid driving licence issued by DLA or other competent authorities under the relevant law;
(h) “Forms” means Data Forms as specified in the First, Second, Third and Fourth Schedules of the Ordinance;
(i) “Fee” means the prescribed amount to be deposited by the applicant in specified account head of Federal Government for issuance of licences and permits under these rules;
(j) “HTV Licence” means the document issued by DLA to an applicant to drive the specific class of Heavy Transport Vehicle;
(k) “International Driving Permit” means the document issued by DLA authorizing the applicant to drive a vehicle, of a specified class;
(l) “LTV Licence” means the document issued by DLA to an applicant to drive the specific Light Transport Vehicle;
(m) “Learner's Driver Permit” means the document issued by DLA authorizing the applicant to drive a vehicle of a specified class for learning purposes;
(n) “Licence” means the document issued by a licencing authority to drive a Motor Vehicle of a specified class or description;
(o) “Medical Test” means medical examination conducted by an authorized Medical examiner to ascertain the physical and mental fitness of the applicant to drive a vehicle;
(p) “Ordinance” means the National Highways Safety Ordinance, 2000 (XL of 2000);
(q) “Police” means the National Highways and Motorway Police;
(r) “PSV endorsment” means the endorsement on a licence by the authority to an applicant to drive specified Public Service Vehicle; and
(s) “Tests” means the theoretical and practical driving test of the applicant conducted by DLA;
(2) The terms used but not defined herein shall have the same meanings as are assigned to them under the Ordinance.
3. Drivers Licencing Authority.–The DLA, for the purpose of these rules shall be the Senior Superintendent or Superintendent of Police authorized by the Inspector General of Police.
4. Types of Licences or Permits.–The DLA may issue Driver Licences or Permits for following categories or to the following categories of persons, namely:–
(a) Learner's Driver Permit;
(b) Motorcycle or Motor car or Jeep;
(c) Light Transport Vehicle (LTV);
(d) Heavy Transport Vehicle (HTV);
(e) Special Person's Modified Vehicles;
(h) International Driver Permits; and
(i) Agriculture and Construction Machinery.
5. Documents required for different categories of Licences or Permits.–(1) It shall be mandatory for all applicants for all categories of licences to provide following documents, namely:–
(a) Valid copy of CNIC;
(b) original receipt of payment of Fee in the prescribed bank account;
(c) blood group report from an authentic laboratory or hospital; and
(d) a personal copy of the latest official version of the Highways and Motorways Code at the time of theoretical test.
6. Minimum age for issuance of driver Licence or Permit.–The following shall be the minimum age for applying for different categories of Licences or Permits, namely:–
(a) for Motorcycle, Motorcar, Jeep or any licence—18 years;
(b) for LTV licence—21 years;
(c) for HTV, agricultural and construction machinery licence—-24 years; and
(d) for applying for PSV licence—–25 years;
7. Validity for different kinds of Licences or Permits.–The following shall be the validity period for different categories of Licences and permits, namely:–
(a) Learner's driving permit of Motorcycle or Motorcar or LTV or HTV or Motor Cab or PSV or LTV or PSV or HTV or PSV or Tractor (Agriculture) shall be valid for six months, however the applicant can appear for practical driving test after forty two days;
(b) Learner's driving permit of construction machinery shall be valid for one year, however the applicant can appear for practical driving test after six month;
(c) Foreigners Driving Licence shall be valid for the duration of valid Pakistani Visa;
(d) Diplomats Driving Licence shall be issued for the duration of diplomatic card;
(e) International Driving Permit shall be valid for one year;
(f) all other categories of Driving Licences issued under these rules other than PSV licences shall be valid for five years;
(g) PSV Licences shall be valid for three years unless otherwise provided in these rules; and
(h) Drivers Licence issued by any other licencing authorities shall remain valid and acceptable licence till the time of validity mentioned in that Licence.
8. Learner's Driver Permit.–A separate Learner Driver's permit shall be required for each type of Motor Vehicle. The applicant having a Learner's Driver Permit can appear in the practical driving test for issuance of Driver Licence after forty two days of the issuance of the Learner's Driver Permit. The applicant of learner's Driver Permit shall pass the theoretical test. In case of failing in the the-oretical test the applicant shall reappear for theoretical test after fourteen days. Instructions for Learner's Driver during the Learner period are contained in Schedule-II.
9. Driver Licence for Special Persons.–A special person is eligible to apply for a CDL for a specific type of vehicle, suitably modified in accordance with his needs. The applicant shall provide a special person's CNIC. The medical examiner should be satisfied about the fitness of the applicant to safely drive the modified type of vehicle.
10. Light Transport Vehicle (LTV).–The applicant for a LTV Driver Licence must possess a three years old valid Motorcar or Jeep driver licence. An applicant having a valid LTV Driver Licence from any other licencing authority, is eligible for issuance of LTV CDL, subject to verification from concerned licencing authority, and after successfully undertaking the driving and medical examination test.
11. Heavy Transport Vehicle (HTV).–The Heavy Transport Vehicle (HTV) licences shall be of the following categories, namely:–
(A) HTV Category-A (more than fourteen (14) wheeler)
(a) The applicant shall possess a CDL HTV Category-B issued, at least one year prior to applying for CDL HTV Category-A learner's driver permit;
(b) the applicant shall be required to qualify the prescribed test for issuance of category-A CDL HTV Licence;
(c) in case of applicant with driver licence issued by other districts, the verification of the licence from the issuing authority shall be mandatory before issuance of CDL HTV Category-A driver licence; and
(B) HTV Category-B (up to Fourteen (14) wheeler)
(a) The applicant must possess at least three years old CDL valid LTV driver licence prior to applying for HTV Category-B learner's driver permit;
(b) the applicant shall be required to qualify the prescribed driving test for issuance of category-B CDL HTV; and
(c) in case of applicant with driver licence issued by other licencing authorities, the verification of the licence from the issuing authority shall be mandatory before issuance of CDL HTV Category-B driving licence.
12. PUBLIC SERVICE VEHICLE (PSV).–(1) The Public Service Vehicle (PSV) shall be an endorsement on the regular licences. There shall be four categories of PSV, namely:–
(a) an applicant applying for a Motor-Cab and Taxi PSV Category-D CDL must possess one year old valid motor car or jeep licence;
(b) an applicant applying for issuance of LTV PSV Category-C CDL (LTV with up to eight passengers capacity excluding the driver) must possess one year old valid LTV Licence issued;
(c) an applicant applying for issuance of LTV PSV Category-B CDL (LTV up to twenty two passengers capacity) must possess one year old valid PSV LTV with up to eight passengers capacity excluding the driver) licence; and
(d) an applicant applying for issuance of HTV PSV Category-A CDL (HTV with more than twenty two passengers capacity excluding the driver) must possess one year old PSV LTV Category-B CDL (up to twenty two passengers capacity excluding the driver).
(2) An applicant applying for issuance of PSV Categories A,B,C and D must have one year old valid driver licence in the relevant category issued by DLA or licencing authority; subject to verification from licencing authority and successfully undertaking the prescribed driving and medical examination test as provided under these rules.
13. Construction or Agricultural Machinery.–The applicant must possess at least one year old CDL HTV Category-B driver licence for applying for this licence. In case of applicant with driver licence issued by other licencing authority, the verification of the licence from the issuing authority shall be mandatory before issuance of CDL. The applicant must possess machinery operating certificate from a machinery training institute authorized by DLA. The applicant shall qualify specified practical driving test for issuance of regular driver licence.
14. CDL issuance to Diplomats.–(1) The diplomats may apply for a CDL without undergoing the theoretical or practical driving tests subject to provision of following documents, namely:–
(a) Note Verbal from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad;
(b) passport having valid Pakistan visa (in original) alongwith its copy;
(c) copy of Diplomatic Card showing the status of diplomat in Pakistan; and
(d) copy of driver's licence of country of origin.
15. CDL issuance to applicants with overseas licence.–The applicants may apply for a CDL without undergoing the theoretical or practical driving tests subject to provision of the following documents, namely:–
(a) in case of Pakistan, Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) or National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistan (NICOP) or Pakistan origin Card;
(b) in case of foreign nationals, valid passport of country of origin, valid Pakistani visa and letter from his employer; and
(c) copy of driving licence of countries as per the country list maintained by the Inspector General's office.
16. International Driver Permit (IDP) For Pakistani Nationals.–(1) The applicants possessing a valid CDL shall be eligible to apply for international driver permit, for same category of vehicles for which the CDL was issued.
(2) The application for an IDP shall be accepted only after submission of verified copy of a valid passport and visa.
17. Medical and Physical fitness test.–(1) The applicant shall clear the medical fitness test to be conducted by the Medical Examiner as per requirement of Form-A (iii) First Schedule of the Ordinance. The Medical Examiner shall satisfy himself about the fitness of the applicant to drive safely.