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The Motor Vehicles Ordinance, 1983

( Ordinance NO. LV OF 1983 )

Chapter II

LICENSING OF DRIVERS OF MOTOR VEHICLES

Grant of driving licence
7. (1) Any person who is not disqualified under section 4 for driving a motor vehicle and who is not for the time being disqualified for holding or obtaining a driving licence may apply to the licensing authority having jurisdiction in the area in
 
 
which he ordinarily resides or carries on business or in which the school or establishment where he is receiving or has received instruction in driving a motor vehicle is situated or, if the application is for a driving licence to drive as a paid employee, in which the employee resides or carries on business, for the issue to him of a driving licence.
 
 
 
 
(2) Every application under sub section (1) for driving licence to drive a motor vehicle as a professional driver shall be in ÔÇÿForm A' and every application to drive a motor vehicle as a non professional driver shall be in ÔÇÿForm B' as set forth in the First Schedule, shall be signed by or bear the thumb impression of the applicant in two places and shall contain the information required by the form.
 
 
 
 
(3) Every application for a driving licence shall be accompanied by a medical certificate in ÔÇÿForm C' as set forth in the First Schedule, signed by a registered medical practitioner.
 
 
 
 
(4) Every application for a driving licence shall be accompanied by three clear copies of a recent photograph of the applicant.
 
 
 
 
(5) 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 specified in the Second Schedule or any other 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 driving 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 driving licence:
 
 
 
 
Provided that,-
 
 
 
 
(a) a driving 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;
 
 
 
 
(b) the applicant may, except where he suffers from a disease or disability specified in the Second Schedule, claim to be subjected to a test of his fitness or ability to drive a motor vehicle of a particular construction or design, and, if he passes such test to the satisfaction of
 
 
the licensing authority and is not otherwise disqualified, the licensing authority shall grant him a driving licence to drive such motor vehicle as the licensing authority may specify in the driving licence.
 
 
 
 
(6) No driving licence shall be issued to any applicant unless he passes to the satisfaction of the licensing authority the test of competence to drive specified in the Third Schedule:
 
 
 
 
Provided that, where the application is for a non professional driving licence to drive a motor cycle or a motor car, the licensing authority shall exempt the applicant from Part I of the test specified in the Third Schedule if the licensing authority is satisfied:-
 
 
 
 
(a) that the applicant has previously held a driving licence and that the period between the date of expiry of that driving licence and the date of such application does not exceed three years; or
 
 
 
 
(b) that the applicant holds a valid driving licence issued by a competent authority of any country outside Bangladesh:
 
 
 
 
Provided further that where the applicant, being a serving member of the armed forces of Bangladesh, is in possession of a valid army driving licence and has been actually driving one or more classes of motor vehicles for not less than three years immediately before the date of his application, the licensing authority shall, subject to the prescribed condition, exempt him from the test specified in the Third Schedule and issue to him a driving licence for class or classes of motor vehicles he has been so driving.
 
 
 
 
(7) No applicant shall be entitled to appear in the test of competence to drive unless he holds a valid learner's driving licence authorising him to drive the vehicle of the type to which the application refers for not less than three months immediately before the date of the test or holds a valid driving licence issued by a competent authority.
 
 
 
 
(8) The test of competence to drive shall be carried out in a vehicle of the type to which the application refers, and for the purpose of Part I of the test,¬-
 
 
 
 
(a) a person who passes the test in driving a heavy motor vehicle shall be deemed also to have passed the test in driving any medium or light motor vehicle other than a
 
 
motor cycle, motor cab rickshaw, road roller, tractor, locomotive, scraper, grader, crane or bulldozer;
 
 
 
 
(b) a person who passes the test in driving a medium motor vehicle shall be deemed also to have passed the test in driving a light motor vehicle other than a motor cycle, motor cab rickshaw, road roller, tractor, locomotive, scraper, grader, crane or a bulldozer.
 
 
 
 
(9) When an application has been duly made to the appropriate licensing authority and the applicant has satisfied such authority of his physical fitness and of his competence to drive and has paid to the authority a fee of 1[two hundred and fifty Taka], the licensing authority shall grant the applicant a driving licence unless the applicant is disqualified under section 4 for driving a motor vehicle or is for the time being disqualified for holding or obtaining a driving licence:
 
 
 
 
Provided that, a licensing authority may issue a driving licence not being a professional driving licence to drive a motor cycle or motor car notwithstanding that it is not the appropriate licensing authority, if the licensing authority is satisfied that there is good reason for the applicant's inability to apply to the appropriate licensing authority:
 
 
 
 
Provided further that the licensing authority shall not issue a new driving licence to the applicant, if he had previously held a driving licence issued under this Ordinance, unless it is satisfied that there is good reason for his inability to obtain a duplicate copy of his former driving licence.

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    The words “two hundred and fifty Taka” were substituted for the words “one hundred and fifty taka” by section 10 of Finance Act, 2009 (Act No. X of 2009) with effect from 1st July 2008.
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