The Sindh Assembly has given approval to an amendment to the Motor Vehicles Ordinance, 1965, as per which people having hearing impairments could get their driving licenses.
The government has renounced the license fee for the applicants with mild or severe hearing loss. Also, only the officer’s experienced in sign language would be conducting the driving test.
Syed Qassim Naveed Qamar—the special assistant to the Sindh CM—Murad Ali Shah said that it was a historic moment.
He mentioned that the people with hearing impairments had been waiting for this moment for years. He also said that Sindh is the first province to take such a step. He added that passing the bill would be bringing nearly a positive change in the lives of those who experience hearing impairment.
The special assistant added that the approval of the bill had been made possible with the assistance of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and CM Shah.
Shah lauded the role of the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities and the members of the Sindh Assembly for drafting the bill. He also said that the government of Sindh is keenly interested in the rights of disabled people.
He added that the government is working on the special ID cards, construction of ramps, disability certificates, special washrooms and the implementation of the 5 percent of quota in the public and private institutions for the people with disabilities.