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.
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.