Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tuesday said that by April 2015 Punjab will be the first state where a driving licence will be issued within half an hour.
Presiding over a high-level meeting, Sukhbir, along with transport minister Ajit Singh Kohar, asked chief secretary Sarvesh Kaushal to implement the decision before April.
He said the aim was to cut down the hassle of making a driving licence at the DTO office to the minimum.
Transport principal secretary Anurag Aggarwal informed the deputy chief minister that the action plan contained on-the-spot delivery of learner’s and driving licence, e-challan system, SMS alerts and file tracking system submitted online to the transport department, registration certificate and driving licence data verification, and high security registration plates (HSRP) at dealer point.
He said the department had identified 32 locations for driving test tracks for two-wheelers, four-wheelers and eight-wheelers with parallel parking along with public conveniences for men and women separately.
State transport commissioner Ashwani Kumar informed the meeting that those passing the test would get themselves photographed and get their licenses within half an hour. He said that after implementation of this project under the PPP mode, people need not visit the DTO offices as all services would be delivered online through website of the transport department. He said applicants could track their applications through file tracking system of the department.
Aggarwal said the department was set to launch e-challan system. He said the application data would be consolidated and integrated at a central server for further action besides generation of online challans.
He said violators could pay the fine on the spot or through the portal of the transport department.
It was also informed that HSRPs would be fixed at the dealer points to curtail the harassment and time spent.
The provisional registration of vehicles would also be made online at dealers’ point by depositing the requisite fee online.
Aggarwal said that after installation of computerised check posts at barriers to collect charges from inter-state passengers’ vehicles, the collection has witnessed an increase of around 60%. He said the system had brought transparency and efficiency in the tax collection system.
The deputy CM directed the officials to install CCTV cameras at all collection centres at barriers to monitor the functioning of the staff.