Differently-abled Kerala woman gets a shot at driving license test.
After running from pillar to post, Jilumol Mariet Thomas moved the Kerala high court, which directed the regional transport officer in Idukki district’s Thodupuzha to accept her application for learner’s licence. She will finally get her learner’s certificate next week.
When Jilumol Mariet Thomas, 26, applied for a driving licence three years ago, officials told her she was asking for too much. Thomas was advised to employ a driver if she was so keen on travelling in a car. She refused to give up. Thomas was determined to overcome another challenge she faced for being born without hands.
She went from pillar to post but kept being told there was no provision for driving with legs under the Motor Vehicles Act, which governs the grant of driving licences.
Thomas eventually moved the Kerala high court as the last resort. Her perseverance paid off when the court directed the Regional Transport Officer in Idukki district’s Thodupuzha to accept Thomas’s application for learner’s licence after a year-long legal battle last month. She will finally get her learner’s certificate next week.
“A dream comes true for me. Now only some formalities have been left,” said Thomas, a graphic designer from Kochi.