Driver's License for Illiterate | New Government Project






This article aims to discuss the right of a CNH for illiterate people to have a driver’s license.

The right is currently under discussion in the Human Rights Commission of the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies and generates many controversies.

The main argument against allowing illiterate people to drive is safety. It is undeniable that knowing how to read and write is important when operating vehicles.

And that, statistically, the accident rate may be higher among those who cannot read and write. However, human rights are as important as security.

And, by not allowing illiterate people to have a driver’s license, it could mean an excessive restriction of rights.

In addition, it is necessary to discuss how illiterate people would manage their lives if they were not allowed to drive. The majority of those who cannot read and write live in remote and distant regions.

Without the right to travel, these individuals would probably be moving further and further away from society and, consequently, from opportunities to build a better life.

Therefore, it is argued that this type of entitlement and achievement is fundamental to enabling illiterate citizens to support themselves well.

How the project works

This law establishes that people without a license (illiterate) who are in good physical and mental condition can take exams to obtain a license to drive a motor vehicle.

In this way, they will be competent to drive it and thus have access to the advantages provided by holding a license.

The law also establishes that exams to obtain the right to drive must be carried out at a Driver Training Center, which must meet the criteria established in specific regulations.

These courses must promote theoretical and practical teaching for safe and responsible driving of vehicles. The course may have a maximum and minimum workload, but it will not be less than 12 hours.

Licensed drivers will undergo a physical, mental and reading test, and must obtain a minimum classification of 6 points in each of the disciplines.

The driver will also have to pass practical tests, which will evaluate the skills in actually driving the vehicle.

After completing these exams and the course, the person will be eligible to receive a professional driver’s license.

How to issue a driving license in this project

The project, which is still awaiting approval, aims to allow illiterate people to obtain a National Driving License (CNH) to drive motor vehicles.

Respecting the safety and driving ability requirements that any driver must have.

The CNH issuance process in this project would happen as follows:

1. The interested illiterate must register to obtain a driver’s license at the responsible bodies (Detran, Detran-SP, among others);

2. When registering, the illiterate must declare literacy;

3. The citizen must be up to date with the payment of taxes and other fees;

4. Have your name registered with the Federal Police;

5. Illiterate people also need medical and psychological examinations to prove their ability to drive;

6. The theoretical and practical driving assessment will be carried out by a licensed driving school instructor, approved by the entity that grants the driver’s license;

7. After passing the exams, the literate person needs to take a specific course for illiterates, which will give them the knowledge necessary to obtain a National Driving License.

8. Finally, after issuing the driver’s license, the illiterate must participate in educational literacy programs, which can help them learn the Brazilian traffic code, as well as applicable traffic laws.

Final considerations

After evaluating this bill, we consider that, in fact, it allows illiterate people to have their own car and, consequently, acquire – and keep – a driver’s license.

However, we argue that, to avoid problems in the circulation of vehicles and prevent risks to the safety of everyone in traffic, it is necessary, before allowing illiterate people to drive vehicles.

They undergo intensive classes with qualified instructors who familiarize them with traffic rules.

In addition, regular monitoring programs and information on traffic safety can be developed for illiterate people who have a driver’s license.

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