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A noble gesture: Journey for physically challenged drivers on highways to be toll-free

A good news for physically challenged! Physically challenged people driving vehicles may soon be able to drive on national highways without paying toll. The vehicle would of course be a car especially designed for physically challenged.

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Piloting the proposal, the Union Road Transport and Highways Ministry will notify the changes soon. The law ministry cleared the proposal last week.

“We thought that asking for a disability certificate would further hassle the person. Instead we decided to give exemption to persons with disability driving specially designed vehicles as defined under the MV Act,” said a senior road ministry official.

Automobile manufacturers such as Maruti make cars with special features like hand-operated or automatic clutch and gear for the physically challenged.

Internationally, many cities give toll exemption to persons with disability.

  • In Florida, a handicapped person with a valid driver’s licence and operating a vehicle equipped for such persons gets a toll waiver.
  • In UK, disabled persons are given a “blue badge” and get a toll exemption on showing the card.

Source: HT

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