Vehicle registrations, payments and certificates will all be a click away soon, with regional transport offices (RTOs) at Tardeo and Wadala switching to an upgraded version of their web application.
The RTOs are launching a new version of its vehicle registration system. Called VAHAN 4.0, it has been developed by the National Informatics Center (NIC), the IT brain of the country, from next week.
“This means, motorists can apply online for all vehicle-related services. Fill online forms, upload the required documents, pay fees once the new version of VAHAN is implemented,” said a source in the Motor Vehicle Department, not wishing to be named. On Tuesday, both the Tardeo and Wadala RTOs are likely to run the new software.
Sources said the Wadala RTO will use the new system only for non-transport vehicles, while at Tardeo, it may be used for transport vehicles as well. Private vehicles such as cars and bikes fall under the non-transport category, buses, trucks and taxis under transport.
Another RTO official said there will be a slight change in the vehicle registration process once the new system is in place. Under the existing system, auto dealers bring the sold vehicles to the RTO to complete the registration process. Under the new system, RTO inspectors will go to the dealer’s outlet.
The vehicle will get registered and get the registration number the same day . At present, this process takes at least two days. “Vehicle owners will get an email or SMS during every step of the process. This ensures transparency,” the officer said.
Nationwide vehicle data would also be stored on a centralised server that all RTOs will be connected to, making it easy to access details of any vehicle. The data currently remains only with the server of that particular RTO. The system will bring transparency and curb bogus registrations. It will also make it easier for manufacturers, dealers and the motorists.