Driving licence camps in schools soon

THE TRANSPORT Department will hold special learner?s driving licence camps in schools throughout the State. The objective will be to issue licences to students. Prior to holding such camps, it will also conduct checks around schools and ask students found driving without a valid licence to procure one from a camp.

india Updated: May 03, 2006 01:11 IST

Checking drive also to be launched

THE TRANSPORT Department will hold special learner’s driving licence camps in schools throughout the State. The objective will be to issue licences to students. Prior to holding such camps, it will also conduct checks around schools and ask students found driving without a valid licence to procure one from a camp.

Besides, the department has decided to organise driving licence camps on the third Sunday of every month in all towns throughout the State.

Transport commissioner RP Shukla said the dates for holding camps in schools would be declared soon.

That getting a driving licence is a difficult task with corruption allegedly rampant in regional transport offices is evident from the massive response the camps are evoking.

Against the target of issuing one lakh learner’s driving licences on April 23, when camps were held in all the districts, the Transport Department issued 1.9 lakh licences in a single day.

Etah district issued the highest number of licences 1415, followed by Lucknow with 1,360 and Azamgarh with 936. The total amount which the Transport Department collected by way of fee stood at Rs 60 lakh on one day.

“People are making a beeline for camps because there is a lot of harassment and formalities in RTO offices where touts rule the roost,” said a senior transport officer.

First Published: May 03, 2006 01:11 IST