Batala residents now need not to stand in queue at the district transport officer for driving licence or registration certificate, as by January, all services related to the Motor Vehicle Act will be provided at the sub-divisional magistrate’s (SDM) office.
Talking to mediapersons, JS Grewal, DTO, Gurdaspur, who is also SDM, said earlier, residents used to make several rounds of the DTO office for registration certificate and driving licence, which not only led to inconvenience to them but also created chaos at the DTO office. But now, after the implementation of the service, both problems would be resolved, he said.
For making on the spot driving licence, the department would open a driving school at new court complex and they had already acquired 15 canals for the purpose, he said, adding, applicants clearing a driving test would be given licence within half an hour.
Talking about the high security number plates, he said following the directions of the Supreme Court, the state government had directed that high security number plates would be affixed on all vehicles by the agencies selling the vehicles at the time of purchase.
He had already held a meeting with owners of various agencies selling two and four-wheeler vehicles and had conveyed the department’s directions to them.
Grewal said many unsavoury incidents had occurred in the past by people using temporary numbers following which police had a hard time in nabbing miscreants.
“Earlier, people used to get temporary numbers at the time of purchase of vehicles, but had to take permanent number plates within a period of 30 days. However, people seldom adhered to this time period and hardly take the requisite permanent number plates for several months. Now this practice will be curbed,” said Grewal.
These directions are not applicable on ‘transport category’ vehicles such as buses, both private and government, and trucks. Grewal added that the ‘transport category’ vehicles would also be brought under the ambit of the Punjab government’s directions of soon for which modalities had been worked out.
An online system has been put in place following which a person at the time of buying a new vehicle will now get a high security number plate and a provisional RC and after a month the DTO office concerned will convert the provisional RC into a permanent one.
If a person wants a fancy number, he will have to take part in the auction to be held at the DTO office and later he will be given an authority letter. He will have to give this letter to the dealer at the time of purchase of a new vehicle.