Islamabad—National Highway and Motorway Police (NH&MP) on Tuesday announced to issue driving licenses to deaf persons.
This was stated by Superintendent Police and in-charge Drivers Licencing Authority (DLA) Inam Ilahi during a seminar of raod safety here. The chief guest of the seminar was Deputy Inspector General Grand Trunk Road (N-5) North Zone Ashraf Zubair Siddiqui.
Inam Ilahi said that deaf and dumb persons who are physically fit and have proper vision can get driving licenses as there was no restriction in the law of the land. He said like other candidates,they will have to undergo theory test, ground test and then road test.
He also announced that in case the deaf persons have licence from any of the 53 countries with whom the NH&MP has mutual arrangements,they will be issued licenses without any test.
DIG Motorway Ashraf Zubair Siddiqui in his address said that in welfare societies, special care is given to marginalized persons including children,women,elderly and physically impaired people. He said that Motorway Police has taken this initiative to resolve problems of the deaf and dumb persons who can drive but have no licenses.
He said though there was quota allocated for the disabled persons,but there was need to take practical steps to ensure resolution of their problems.
He said out of over 200 countries only in 26 countries deaf people are not issued driving licenses. He said that in Pakistan there was no restriction in issuing licenses to deaf drivers and Motorway Police was the first institution to take this initiative.