If you couldn’t get your driving license because of color blindness, then there’s a good chance that you could soon be legally driving on roads. A media report suggests that the Indian government is considering removing color blindness as a bar for issuing a driving license in the country. Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is even preparing the draft norms to facilitate the same. This step has been taken after a panel of ophthalmologists from AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) gave its recommendations on this issue.
In case you didn’t know, color blindness is a condition wherein a person is unable or not fully able to perceive color differences under normal light conditions. The transport ministry had been receiving several requests to make color blinded people eligible for a driving license in India. In line with this, the government had sought a medical opinion from AIIMS.
The said panel, citing several international studies and own experience, opined that people with color blindness can differentiate between colors of red light and can read the signs. The panel added that external factors like ambient light, luminance, pattern, etc. can help a person with color blindness identify various colors of red light and even comprehend the information conveyed by signs. This means that the test for color blindness could soon be omitted in the process of issuing the driving license for private vehicles. However, the medical condition could still be an impedance to obtaining a commercial driving license.
Along with this, there’s also a possibility that LEDs used in the traffic lights could be improved under the global recommendations made by the International Commission on Illumination. About eight percent of males and 0.4 percent of females in India have congenital color blindness and are not eligible to get a driving license. However, that stands to change, especially when the European Union has already dropped the provision of color blindness to get a driving license while Americans with this condition are not eligible for driving commercial vehicles.
(With inputs from timesnownews)