If you think driving in Mumbai is difficult, getting a driving licence here is about to get tougher.
The state transport department is working on tighter rules for the issue of both learning and permanent driving license. It has advised all Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) in Maharashtra to stop issuing driving licences on the basis of affidavits submitted by individuals.
This is primarily to clamp down on the practice of acquiring bogus driving licences.
“There are several cases of people getting a driving licence merely by submitting an affidavit along with a copy of an insurance policy. It hasn’t reached alarming proportions yet, but we want to control this before it gets out of hand,” said Transport Commissioner Dilip Jadhav.
Transport department sources said applicants typically submit an insurance policy along with an affidavit saying their stated residential address is true. “Then they use the driving license thus obtained as a document to get other documents like a passport and ration card,” an RTO official said.
The department has issued a circular specifying the documents needed for a driving licence in future.
The circular also refers to the superbike scam that came to light in early 2009 — it was apparently run using affidavits and insurance papers of the bikes. The bike’s parts were imported, then assembled in Mumbai. The driving licences were made and registrations done at the Andheri and Pen RTOs using affidavits.
“Every day, more than 1,000 driving licences are issued, and in the process the RTOs accept affidavits for faster clearance. With more than 1.65 crore licence holders in the system, it will be difficult to identify licences obtained fraudulently, but we will surely prevent it in future,” Jadhav added.