Fear factor sparks rush: 20-day wait for driving licence
SARAI KALE KHAN
New Delhi: Planning to apply for a new driving licence or to get your existing licence renewed? Be ready to wait for more than a fortnight. Ever since the amended Motor Vehicles Act has been implemented, the regional transport offices (RTOs) in Delhi are flooded with applications for learners’ licences, permanent driving licences and renewal of driving licences. This has resulted in the long waiting period of at least 20 days to process the applications at the busy RTOs.
“Most applicants are visiting the RTO to get their driving licences renewed, fol
While driving without a licence earlier invited a challan of 500, the fine amount has been increased to 5,000 after the Motor Vehicles Act was amended
lowed by those applying for learners’ licences and permanent driving licences. While driving without licence earlier invited a fine of Rs 500, the amount has now increased to Rs 5,000. Hence, no one wants to be caught without a driving licence,” said a transport department official at the Janakpuri RTO.
“We have increased the slots, but are still unable to cater to the rush. As a result, the waiting period for driving licence renewal and fresh permanent driving licence has gone up to 20 days,” said another official at the Sarai Kale Khan RTO, which caters to large parts of south Delhi.
The official said that the number of slots for renewal cases had been increased from 250 per day to 325; for learners’ licence, it had been increased from 200 to 275; and the number of slots for permanent driving licence had gone up from 125 to 150 per day. “Overall, we are giving 200 extra appointments every day, but there has not been a dip in the rush. Officials are feeling too much pressure,” he added.
“Also, many people visit with their family members and friends, leading to overcrowding at the RTO. Helpdesks, where most people queue up to get help with online applications, see a big crowd. We have increased the number of helpdesks to meet the rush,” he said. The demand for duplicate registration certificates, he added, had also seen a rise over the past few days.
An official at the Mall Road RTO said: “Most of the rush is for renewal of driving licences, and the waiting period is up to 20 days.”
“The rush is huge, but compared to the first week of September, it has stabilised now. However, the waiting period is still up to 10 days for renewal of driving licences,” said an official of the Surajmal Vihar RTO.
“While about 400 applicants earlier visited the RTO every day, the number has gone up to 700 now. From morning till up to 3 pm, we are dealing with huge rush continuously with no time even for lunch,” said an official at the Mayur Vihar RTO. “We have increased 50 slots each for licence renewal and learners’ licence,” he added. “We expect the rush to stabilise in about a month,” said the Janakpuri RTO official.