On the back of the driver’s license there are several columns for special marks, thanks to which you can find out if the owner has any restrictions on access to the car.
Take the AT mark, which stands for “Automatic transmission”. Its presence indicates that the motorist learned to drive exclusively on cars with an automatic transmission, which means he is not familiar with mechanics and cannot drive such cars.
If there is no such mark on the rights, then the driver is trained and knows how to drive both cars with automatic transmission and manual transmission, while the certificate itself is considered universal. It is interesting that such rights are issued even if a motorist drove and passed exams in a car with mechanics in a driving school, since it is believed that this experience is more than enough to easily master the features of controlling cars with an automatic machine.
Note that the AT mark has existed for a long time, however, since 2017, it has also begun to be put on the rights of those drivers who have medical contraindications for driving cars on mechanics. For example, it can be complete or limited immobility of one of the arms, or the absence of a hand or the entire arm.
Also, this mark can be put in case the motorist does not have a lower limb (leg), or there are deformities or diseases of the limbs (hands and / or feet), which in one way or another hinder a person in movements.
Note that if the AT mark is in the column under number 12, then this indicates that the driver does not have the right to operate the mechanics due to the fact that he was trained and knows how to drive only a car with automatic transmission. But if there is a medical indication, this mark is put in column number 14.
It is interesting that “in nature” there is also the MC (Manual Control only) mark, which indicates that, for medical reasons, the driver can only drive machines with mechanics. It is difficult to imagine what kind of contraindications a person should have in order to “deserve” such a mark. That is why the abbreviation MC is practically not found on the reverse side of the rights.
What is the punishment prescribed by law for drivers who drive cars with a gearbox that is not allowed for them? Note that such an action is equivalent to driving without a license (Part 1 of Article 12.7 of the Administrative Code). Consequently, for this offense, the motorist faces a fine in the amount of 5,000 to 15,000 rubles (the final amount directly depends on a number of mitigating or aggravating circumstances).