Making numerous rounds to the Regional Transport Office (RTO) to get your driving licence will soon be a thing of the past.
From Thursday, all three RTOs in the city will deliver licences by speed post if the applicant has completed all formalities and paid the service charge, which would be between Rs 20 and Rs 30.
“The chief minister will inaugurate the scheme on March 24,” said Vikas Pandkar, RTO, Wadala (eastern suburbs). The RTOs will also deliver licences sent for renewal and duplication through speed post.
"We will begin this scheme from the three RTOs in city and gradually extend to the rest of the state," said a senior official from the state transport department, on condition of anonymity because a formal announcement is yet to be made. Delivering licences by post will help the authorities check the applicant’s residential proof. Moreover, it will help restrict the role of middlemen and agents who make fake licences.
The state transport department has tied up with post offices to deploy their men at the three RTOs — Wadala, Andheri and Tardeo, catering to eastern suburbs, western suburbs, and south central Mumbai respectively.
Each RTO will have a separate window where applicants can pay the service charge and get their licence delivered at their doorstep. The officials plan to amend the state Motor Vehicles Act to make this service mandatory for all RTOs.
In case the postal department fails to deliver a driving licence, it would be returned to the RTO concerned, as it happens with undelivered mail.