By next year, you may not need to go through a tout or an agent to get your car registration done, whether it’s for driving license or vehicle registration.
By early 2017, the motor vehicle department is looking to migrate to an advanced web-based system — VAHAN 4.0 and SARATHI 4.0 — for all its documents that will enable you to make cashless transactions on the internet.
The systems will be used for vehicle registration and driving licenses, at all 50 RTOs in the state, before February end.
Once this system is in place, people can book appointment for driving licence and make online payment. Similarly, one need not visit RTO for applying for papers for transfer of vehicle or paying tax of the vehicle.
A senior official of the department said they were working hard to achieve the target of this migration to the advanced system by February 2017.
Developed by National Informatics Center (NIC),VAHAN and SARATHI systems have been used for vehicle registration and issuing driving licenses since 2007.
Two RTO offices in Mumbai — Tardeo and Wadala — migrated to upgraded version of VAHAN this week, after about one-month-long successful trial of the system at Vashi and Aurangbad RTOs.
After trials at the Kolhapur RTO, transport department is ready for implementing new version of SARATHI at other RTOs in the state. Sources said that it will first be implemented at Wadala and Panvel RTOs.
“Within next couple of weeks, we will switch to advanced version of SARATHI,” said a senior RTO official.
Currently, for getting driving license or transferring new vehicle, people have to rely on agents or touts due to tedious procedure at RTO offices. RTO officers saying that new system will make the procedure easy like at passport offices.
According to officials, the only challenge they are likely to face is 10mbps broadband connectivity, without which the system cannot perform properly. State owned telecom operators Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) have so far not provided 10mbps connectivity at 29 RTOs.
The transport officials are trying their luck with both the telecom operators and NIC for this.