Details of driving licences and permits of commercial vehicles will be soon made available online. The transport department will upload the complete database of permits and driving licences issued by it on its website by the end of March.
This is a step to check forgery of essential documents of commercial vehicles, especially the Blueline buses. Plying without valid documents has become a major menace these days, said a source in the State Transport Authority (STA).
The transport department has taken the decision to upload the whole database following a suggestion by the Delhi Traffic Police a couple of days ago. The traffic police have reportedly asked the STA to upload the details of vehicular permits of Blueline buses, many of which are now plying with forged permits.
“We are in the process of uploading them on our website. The whole process may take a week,” said a senior STA officer.
In the past 13 days, the traffic police have impounded four Blueline buses from different areas in Delhi for plying on city roads with forged documents, including vehicle permits. Some of the drivers were also found driving without licences.
“We have caught hold of many vehicles, especially Blueline buses, which were running without valid documents. We have impounded these vehicles and issued challans to the respective owners and drivers,” said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
Initially, all these Blueline buses seemed to have genuine documents. However, they were found to be forged after proper inquiry, he said.
“It is indeed a tedious task as we catch buses on suspicion and send the documents to the STA for authenticity examination. It takes a long process. If the entire database is available online, we can check the documents promptly. This will not only make our task easier and smoother, but also restrain the unscrupulous owners and drivers from forging essential documents like bus permits,” Garg added.
March 14: Blueline bus (DL 1PB 1936) caught operating with forged permit at Sarai Rohilla in West Delhi. Actual permit expired on January 27, 2011.
March 15: Blueline bus (DL 1 PB 3913) caught at Moti Nagar while operating with expired permit and also driving without
March 16: Blueline bus (DL 1 PB 4043) caught at Moti Nagar chowk while operating with forged permit. Original permit expired on May 16, 2010.
March 23: Blueline bus (DL 1 PB 3591) caught operating with a forged permit at Sabzi Mandi Chowk. The original one expired on March 25, 2010.
During investigations, it was found that the STA had converted Blueline permit into contract carriage permit, which is valid till December 20, 2011.