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Old 5th July 2015, 07:18   #1
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I am planning to get a license for my daughter without going through a driving school (yeah, I know. I am cool like that!)

The plan is to get both scooter & car licenses. The location is Bangalore. Daughter is comfortable driving both the Innova & the Activa in regular conditions (eg, thru Silk board, Sony World etc).

I wanted to know a few things:

- Exactly what do they ask the driver to do for issuing a license for (a) scooter & (b) car? I only know vaguely that they will ask you to drive around and do the infamous 'Eight' shape.
- Do they have a fixed route/ area they test in?
- Do they check parallel parking?
- Hill starts?
- Regular parking?
- How do they test reversing skills? JUst a reverse L or something more?
- Emergency braking?
- Indicating
- Defensive driving (In the US, I remember that they used to check if you cover your brakes if the car ahead hits the brakes)
- Distance between your vehicle & the vehicle in front
- Lane changing
- Where do they make you do the eight?
- Scooter - is anything required other than the ability to navigate traffic and do U turns? Do they ask you to put it up on the centre stand? (Why?)

- What is the process? Is it sufficient to download the documents, get a doctor certificate (got one for LL. Is it required again?) and then go to the RTO? Or are there any hidden steps? Do we need to take a prior appointment?

- Vehicles: Tax/ Insurance paid up. Is owner's permission required?

- Does AASI membership help in any way?

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Old 5th July 2015, 08:31   #2
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Depends on the RTO. Few RTO have dedicated track while many use public roads.

I got my license from Rajajinagar RTO and they have a dedicated track outside bangalore near peenya.

Fir two wheeler they asked me to ride around the shape 8 without keeping the foot down and go around a couple of turnings giving proper indicator and all.

For car they mainly test if you can start off without stalling. Cars go around a bigger track and they test the reversing ability on a S curve. Again they will fail a private candidate if he or she stalls the car anytime in the circuit. But a driving school candidate is allowed a couple of chances because of you-know-why reasons.

Also since you are going on your own, you should take your own car. Take the car which she is comfortable with and has driven for long. Don't experiment with new cars on the day of test.

Key is to not to think of it like tests and just go thinking you are driving in silk board in peak hour. Your daughter will pass with flying colors. All the best to her.

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Does she have a learners license issued? I think that is mandatory before she applies for permanent license.
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I got both my car & motorcycle license without going through driving school. This was back in 1991, though.

I first got my car (LMV) license. It is easier to endorse the license with 2-wheeler with gear category after getting it first for LMV.

Took my grandfather's Ambassador Mark 2 for the test. Some things to keep in mind about the car:
1. Must have proper documentation. Carry original RC, Insurance, Emissions Certificate. Car must be in good condition - should not have any obvious and visible flaws. If the car is registered in your name, all the better.
2. Large red "L" board front and back
3. Accompany your daughter and ensure you are carrying your drivers license as well.

In the test, the inspector just asked me to drive around the block. He observed that I knew how to handle traffic, the car, and gave proper signals. But in the end, he was a bit irritated that he found no reason to fail me (and subsequently took that irritation out on my grandfather by being unnecessarily rude to him). However, a few years before that, my aunt also went the same non-driving-school route to getting a license and failed. She was tested as rigorously as they would in Europe!!

As far as procedure is concerned - I have no idea, but in your position, I would sweet talk the PRO into giving me inside information on what would work and what wouldn't.

Word of advice - you are bucking the trend and being maverick. The "system" does not like people like you. Be alert to hints that various officials might drop along the way that they need to be "compensated" for your maverick-ness.

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You can get it done without the "driving schools" but multiple attempts might be required, the RTO folks will try their best to find some excuse to fail her.

Steps to follow to get LL are,

1. Fill online form and submit. Carry documents ( and self attested copies), 3 photos and printed form to RTO.

2. Be at the RTO by 10 am as they accept applications only till 12 noon.

3. Pay Rs 60 (30+30) for LMV + TWH LL.

4. Complete verification of documents, verify data entry into system.

5. Provide finger prints and photo

6. Take the LL test, ace it (hopefully!)

7. Collect the LL from the RTO after 2 days between 4-5 pm.

After the LL is done, the road test can be done after 30 days.
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She has already got LL - so that is taken care of.

Does AASI membership help in any way?

I guess we need to attempt it 3-4 times.

Another question: Can both car & scooter be taken at the same time? Does it matter?
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Yes, car and scooter DL can be attempted at the same time
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AASI Chennai has withdrawn RTO facilitation. They dont support getting license anymore.
Not sure about Bangalore chapter.

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Does AASI membership help in any way?
Call up the local AASI office and check their services for DL application. They're a blessing for getting the IDP. I'm sure their membership must make things simple (legally).

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Another question: Can both car & scooter be taken at the same time? Does it matter?
You can and it is recommended. Else, you've to navigate thru' bureaucratic redtape yet again. When I applied for my DL, the wise men at Pune RTO "forgot" to add the validation to drive LMV. It turned out to be an immense hassle to get it added; they dilly dallied for a month. I then sent in reinforcements (my mum) who walked into the manager's cabin asking for an explanation. Needless to say, after that, I got the DL hand-delivered OTC (it was allowed then) within 3 days.

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I went the private route for both 2 wheeler and car licences, years ago. Here's what I think are what you need to keep in mind:

- Take vehicles you are comfortable with. A fumble or a stall with an unfamiliar vehicle will make the inspector fail you.
- Even if the mirrors are adjusted perfectly, make a show of adjusting them anyway!
- Seat belts, helmets, etc. are obviously important.
- Hand signals are important. Nobody uses them these days and the inspector might not (not sure) insist on them either but using the correct hand signals will help pass the test!
- All the documents need to be in order. Cross all you t's and dot all your i's.
- If the RTO uses a test track, one of the tests is to reverse out from a slot as you turn or something similar to that. So being able to park and maneuver the car in traffic is important. Most driving schools just teach how to drive in a straight line, turn and stop.

I hope that this helps. Good luck!
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Quick questions:

- Reversing:

I have taught her to reverse as per the US method:Put you left hand on the back of the passenger seat, lean over & look thru the rear window and reverse. Use the side mirrors for assistance. I see that driving schools teach people to reverse by looking at the mirrors & by peeping out thru the driver side window.

Question: Will the RTO fail her for using the US method? (I prefer the US method myself)


- Signalling

Somebody told me that hand signalling is a MUST to get a driver's license. While my daughter does indicate properly for turns & lane changes, (Even checks blind spots) I have not drilled the hand signalling to her.

Question: Again, Is hand signalling necessary? Will they fail her driving test if she does not?

Thanks in advance, folks.
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*Bumping up an old thread*

Has anyone tried to get a driving license on their own (permanent ,for a car) in Pune recently ?
I am looking to go the "self" route for getting the permanent license, but there seem to be no clear directions on the web on how to go about getting one. The Pune RTO Official website ( http://www.rtopune.info/ ) is perennially down and hence isnt of much help.
The test involves an "8" shaped track, an "H" , for parking in reverse, and a gradient.
I read somewhere that you do not need to go through a driving school agent , but only vehicles with dual side controls for brakes and clutch are allowed on the track, which is a bummer. Who owns personal vehicles with dual controls ?

News confirming only dual control vehicles allowed , This leaves people with pretty much no option than to go with an agent.

EDIT : PS : This is not for me, I already have a license. I was looking to go the private car route because it would be easier for the test taker on an Automatic car.

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So I am trying to get a driving license appointment , but am stuck on the very first step. There is no Pune RTO (MH12) listed on the Sarathi website at all!

As per the site http://mahatranscom.in/VisitNICPage.aspx , I opened https://sarathi.nic.in:8443/nrportal...i/HomePage.jsp .

Selected a new "DL" appointment and was presented with this page where you can enter the appointee's details.

Attempting to get a licence on my own. Queries about the test & procedures?-sarathi_capture.jpg

Any tips ? Am I on the correct page to begin with ?
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