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Fake address on licence? Traffic police coming soon

delhi Updated: Aug 10, 2009 00:25 IST
Atul Mathur
Atul Mathur
Hindustan Times
Fake address on licence? Traffic police coming soon

Got a driving licence on a fake Delhi address? Here’s a reason to worry.

Delhi transport department is planning to verify residential addresses of each and every driving licence holder in the Capital.

And if the department manages to execute this gigantic plan, it will spell trouble for motorists who have faked their addresses in their licence.

Transport official said they have come across several cases of a challan or a notice sent to a driver's address returning undelivered.

In many cases, drivers responsible for serious traffic violations never bothered to pay penalties even when their licences were impounded. Many managed to get a new driving licence issued on a fake address.

The transport department has already started delivering new driving licences to the applicant's address through courier instead of handing it over at its zonal office to do away with the possibility of applicants submitting fake documents as their address proof.

The exercise has had a positive outcome with a decline of about five per cent reported in applications for fresh driving licences in Delhi. Officials said they now want to shift their focus on old driving licences.

“We are trying to work out on how to bring the plan into action,” Delhi transport commissioner R.K. Verma said.

“We understand it is a herculean task but we have to make a beginning.”

In the absence of computerised records and the high volume of licences issued in the past several years, officials admitted that executing the plan would be a tough job.

A senior transport department official said the number of licences that call for address verification could be anywhere between 1.5 crore and two crore. On an average, four lakh driving licences are issued in Delhi every year.

Legally, driving licences issued in any other state is as good as the one issued by a transport authority in Delhi, a large number of people, especially those living in satellite towns, prefer one issued in Delhi.