Here’s some good news to ‘drive’ all motorists happy. Now, you don’t have to stand in long queues to get a driver’s licence. The transport department has finally linked all its zonal offices. You can go to any transport office — near your house, college or workplace — and apply for a licence.
Better still, take an appointment before — either online or on phone — and reach the transport office on date and time that suits you and complete formalities without standing in serpentine queues. Though in pipeline for almost six months now, the facility was finally inaugurated by chief minister Sheila Dikshit and transport minister Arvinder Singh Lovely at Indraprastha Estate zonal office on Friday.
The new system will now streamline the way driver’s licences are issued in the Capital. Transport officials believe the new system will also help tackle the problems of touts. “People approached touts to get their work done without standing in queues. Now the system has been streamlined, anyone with valid documents can go and get a licence easily,” said a senior transport department official.
Officials believe that linking of zonal offices will also help divide the workload on all zonal offices equally. With transport department issuing more than 1,200 driving licences every day, a number of zonal offices —located in densely populated area — issues huge number of licences, while certain others — located in commercial hubs —are usually empty.
“Since every data will now be collated in the central server, applicants will have the flexibility to go any of the zonal offices,” Delhi transport minister Arvinder Singh said.