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The Mauritius Police Force

Traffic Branch

Issue and Conrol of Driving Licences
 

The Traffic Branch of the Mauritius Police Force is responsible for the issue and control of Driving Licences in Mauritius and Rodrigues.

 

Before you can learn to drive a motorcar, motorcycle or autocyle you must apply for a provisional driving licence.

 

Application for driving licence shall be made in a Police Form (PF 31) and shall be accompanied by a Non- Refundable application fee of Rs 500.

 

 

 Minimum age requirement for a provisional driving licence.

Autocycle  :  15 yrs
Motocycle :  17 yrs
Motorcar   :  18 yrs

 

Application for Taxi: - Applicant shall be holder of a competent driving licence for Motor Cars. (Annex A)

 

Application for Heavy Motor Vehicle (bus and lorry):- Applicant shall be holder of a competent driving licence for Motor Cars for a period of at least six months. (Annex B & C)

 

Classification of Auto/Motorcycle

 

Type AM:- Autocycle

Type A1 :- 51 – 125cc

Type A2 :- 126-300 cc ( can apply if holder of type A1)

Type A   :- > 300cc ( can apply if holder of type A1 and A2)

 

APPLICATION FOR PROVISIONAL DRIVING LICENCE

 

Application for a provisional driving licence can be made either at Police Stations or on-line.

 

 Online Application for Learner’s Licence

 

An applicant for a provisional driving licence can simply apply online through the Government Online Centre (GOC) at http://police.govmu.org.  He or she will have to choose a convenient date and time to call at the Licensing Office, on line section to complete the processing of the application with the following documents:

·      Birth Certificate

·      National Identity Card or Student Pass as applicable

·      Marriage Certificate as applicable

·      Original work/residence permit and passport(for non-Mauritian Citizen)

(Note: In cases where applicant is under 18 years, he/she should be accompanied by responsible party)


Application made at Police Station

 Applications for driving licence can also be made at police stations with the   following documents:-

 

The application is dispatched to the Traffic Branch for processing.

If eligible, applicant will be informed by way of letter to call at the licensing office for the processing of his application.

·      Birth Certificate

·      National Identity Card or Student Pass as applicable

·      Marriage Certificate as applicable

·      Original work/residence permit and passport(for non-Mauritian Citizen)

 

(Note: In cases where applicant is under 18 years, he/she should be accompanied by responsible party)

 

 

E-Payment and E-appointment for Driving Tests

Payment for driving tests and scheduling of appointment can be effected on line. An applicant applies for an appointment on-line giving details (including email address) respecting the type of test he/she wishes to undergo. Payments for the tests are effected on line through Internet banking.


The Licensing Office receives such applications online and after verification, if an applicant is eligible, a reply is sent to him/her on the e-mail address provided, respecting the date and time of his appointment.  On the scheduled appointment date, the applicant will call at the Examiners Office for the test with a printed copy of the mail.

 

 

ROAD RESTRICTIONS FOR LEARNER DRIVERS

FIFTH SCHEDULE

 [Regulation 55(1) (d)]


ROAD RESTRICTIONS FOR LEARNER DRIVERS                                          

 

 ROAD                                                                               RESTRICTION

1. The motorways M1, M2, M3.                                              

(as described in the Motorways

and Main Roads Regulations 1976)                                Not to be used, unless

2. The following streets/roads in Port Louis –                 driving under the supervision

(a) Mgr. Leen Street from Labourdonais Street               of a driving instructor

     to Bell Village

(b) Labourdonnais Street                                                                         

(c) Volcy Pougnet Street                                                                           

(d) Pope Henessy Street

(e) Jemmapes Street                                                                     

(f) SSR Street                                                                 Not to be used  from Monday

(g) Royal Street                                                              to Friday during 6 a.m to      

 (h) Chaussée Street                                                      10 a.m and 3 p.m to 7 p.m

 (i) John Kennedy Street/Moka Road

 (j) Deschartres Street

 (k) D’Entrecasteaux Street

 


3. The following streets/roads in Curepipe –   

      

(a) Winston Churchill Street                                 Not to be used unless

(b) Botanical Garden Street                                 driving under the supervion

(c) Eucalyptus Street                                           of a driving instructor

(d) Royal Road, from its junction                          

 with Sivananda Avenue up to                             Not to be used from                

its junction with Sir Celicourt                               Monday to Friday during

 Antelme Street                                                   8 a.m to 10 a.m and 1 p.m

                                                                           to 5 p.m

                                                                                

 


1.  Audio Visual Test (Oral Test)

 

The Audio Visual Test on traffic signs is carried out on a computerised system. You can opt for either English/ French language.  You have to answer a set of forty multiple choice questions on the following:-

 

·       Your ability to read and understand traffic signs;

·       Your knowledge of the rules of the road;

·       Your knowledge of traffic signals by Drivers and Police.

 

The first five questions are sample questions for practice. Twenty-nine right answers from the remaining thirty-five questions will secure a pass. On successful completion of the test on traffic signs, you may take an appointment for a practical driving test.

Driving Test for Auto/Motorcycle (Type AM, A, A1, A2)

After having succeeded the Audio Visual Test on traffic signs, applicant will be tested as follows:

1.     Practical off- road driving manoeuvres (Part 1)

·      Eye sight test

·      Vehicle Safety Check

2.   Practical on road driving test (Part 2)

 

Practical Driving Test for Motor Car

 

In order to pass the test of competence to drive a motor vehicle, applicant shall prove to the satisfaction of the Examiner his ability unaided to:-

 

(a)  start the motor vehicle from rest to move away in a reasonably quick time and to maintain an accurate course; 

 

(b)  turn right and left hand corners correctly; 

 

(c)  stop the motor vehicle within a reasonable distance when travelling at various speeds, by satisfying the examiner that in an emergency he shall be able to apply the brakes of the motor vehicle promptly and effectively;

(d) operate all controls with safety and without moving from the driving            seat;

          (e) give all recognised signals in a clear and unmistakable manner


          (f) cause the motor vehicle to proceed backwards for a reasonable                      distance, make a right and a left hand turn in reverse gear, and back                the motor vehicle into an indicated position;

(g) turn the motor vehicle round so as to proceed in the opposite direction        in a narrow roadway; and

 (h) stop, hold and start the motor vehicle on a gradient of at least one in         15, but not steeper than one in 10.

 

Applying for International Driving Permit

Applicant should call in person at the International Driving Permit   Counter, Traffic Branch, Line Barracks between 0900 hrs to 1400 hrs on week days (except public holidays) and between 0900 hrs to 1030 hrs on Saturdays. Applicant should fill in the prescribed form obtainable thereat and produce the following:-

·       National Identity Card (original)

·       Valid domestic driving licence

·       One recent passport size photograph

·       Prescribed fee of Rs 800

If all required documents are in order, the International Driving Permit will be delivered within the following working day.


Important Points to note (FEES)

 

       ·   Application for driving licence    _ Rs 500
·  Driving Test Fee                           _ Rs 500
·  International Driving permit            _ Rs 800
· Duplicate Driving Licence (lost/damaged) - Rs 500
· Applicant should arrange for his/her own vehicle to undergo the practical   driving test and should also produce a valid Special Insurance Policy for that   purpose.
·  Applicant should be physically and mentally fit to drive.
· No licence will be issued to a person to drive a heavy motor vehicle (vehicles exceeding 8000 pounds gross weight) unless he/she has been the holder of a licence to drive motor cars for at least six (6) calendar months.
·In case of a lost driving licence, applicant must report it to a Police Station. And he/she will be issued with a memo (PF 77) for production at the Licensing Office when applying for a duplicate licence.
· A damaged driving licence must be produced to the Licensing Officer before the issue of a duplicate.
· Applicant will be notified of the date the duplicate licence will be issued.
 
GUIDELINES on ORAL TEST FOR TAXI (ANNEX A)

   1.    Road Traffic (Control of Taxi Operation) Regulation of 2011, GN 212/11.   Inter-alia :-

·      Regulation 2 –Definition of: - licensee, Full Time/Part-time driver.

·      Regulations 5 and 6 –Certificate of registration.

·      Regulation 10 –“Taxi” sign.

·      Regulation 12- Base of operation.

     2.    Conditions attached to PSV (Public Service Vehicle Licence (Taxi).

     ​3.    Road Traffic Offence relating to Taxi Drivers/cars.

     4.    Road Traffic (Speed) Regulations 2011 (Reg. 3 of GN 25/11).

    5.    Road Traffic (Construction and Use of Motor Vehicle) Regulation 2010 (GN 53/2010 as amended by GN 170/10 and 127/11.

     Inter alia:-

·      Prohibition of Parking at Junction, Bus-stop, Cross-here, etc.

·      Parking on a road, distance with pavement, etc.

·      Emergency triangular sign and others.

·      Seatbelt

6.  Road traffic signs Regulations 1990 and Road markings.

7.  Safety Rules whilst driving

8. Gear changing: uphill, downhill and contour.

Guidelines for Oral Test on Mechanical Knowledge for Buses (HMC). (ANNEX B)

    1.    Vehicle safety checks :-

a)    Tyres – condition and pressure.

b)    Oil levels – How to check? Different type (Grade) of oil used in a motor vehicle, e.g. gear box, engine, brake, power steering etc...

c)    Water levels – How to check?

d)    Lights. (different colour in dashboard)

e)    Dash board –odometer, manometer, tachometer etc….

    2.    Braking Systems – What to check? How to check? How it works?

a)    Fully air braking system

b)    Hydraulic – assisted by vacuum/ Compressed air.

c)    Brake retarders/ Exhaust brake – How and when to use?

d)    Actions in case of brake failure/ brake fades.

    3.    Gear changing : uphill, downhill and contour                 

    4.    Road Traffic (Speed) Regulations 2011.

    5.    Conditions attached to PSVL (Bus) (Papier condition)

    6.    Offences relating to Buses (contraventions)

    7.    Road Traffic sign Regulations 1990 (panneaux de signalization)

                -Signs relating to Buses and others.

8. Road Traffic (Construction and Use of Motor Vehicle) Regulation 2010.  (GN 53/2010 as amended by GN 170/10.

           e.g. – Prohibition of parking at Junction, Bus stop, crossing, etc.

                - Emergency triangular sign etc…

                - Parking on a road, distance with pavement, etc.

                 - Speed Limiters, mirrors etc...

                 - Microbus, minibus, etc 

Guidelines for Oral Test on Mechanical Knowledge for Goods Vehicles (HMV) (ANNEX C)

    8.    Vehicle safety checks :-

f)      Tyres – condition and pressure.

g)    Oil levels – How to check? Different type (Grade) of oil used in a motor vehicle, e.g. gear box, engine, tipper (Bascule), brake, power steering etc...

h)    Water levels – How to check?

i)      Lights. (different colour in dashboard)

j)      Dash board –odometer, manometer, tachometer, etc….

    9.    Loading Safety :-

                  Equal distribution of load.

    10.Braking Systems – What to check? How to check? How it works?

e)    Fully air braking system

f)      Hydraulic – assisted by vacuum/ Compressed air.

g)    Brake retarders/ Exhaust brake – How and when to use?

h)    Action in case of brake failure/ brake fades.

    11.Driving uphill and downhill with loaded vehicle

    12.Gear changing : uphill, downhill and contour        

    13.Road Traffic (Speed) Regulations 2011.

    14.Conditions attached Carriers Licenses (Papier condition)

    15.Offences relating to Goods vehicles (contraventions)

    16.Road Traffic sign Regulations 1990 (panneaux de signalization)

                  -Signs relating to Goods vehicles and others.

    17.Constât  à L’amiable

11. Road Traffic (Construction and Use of Motor Vehicle) Regulation 2010. GN 53/2010 as        amended by GN 170/10.

          e.g. – Prohibition of parking at Junction, Bus stop, pedestrian crossing,            etc.

                 - Emergency triangular sign etc…

                - Parking on a road, distance with pavement, etc.

                  - Speed Limiters, mirror, rear/side markings, side guard etc...

      12.  Restriction for Goods Vehicle whose unladen weight exceeds 3,500                 kg on certain Roads in the morning, on weekdays.            

Requesting information

Contact numbers of the Licensing Office of the Traffic Branch

Information desk opening hours:

Monday to Friday from 0700 hrs to 1600 hrs

Saturday from 0700 hrs to 1200 hrs

208 1212- Ext 1251 

 

Licensing Office 

211 6159                

208 1212- Ext 1232/1265/1543 during working hours

 

Online Service

  213 5744

 

Appointment Section

2081212 – Ext 1238

         

Operation Room Traffic Branch (24 hrs service)

  211 8434                

  211 8474        

 Hot Line: 166

Fax: 208 6077

 

Email:  cctb.mpf@govmu.org

             licensing@govmu.org

 


 

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