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Mumbai: 25,000 driving licence tests to be held at Tardeo RTO office in March

As per a report, the Tardeo RTO office in Mumbai has set a goal to conduct over 25,000 driving tests in the month of March. They also plan to continue this goal in April so that around 50,000 applicants can give their driving tests. According to the reports, this is being done to clear the backlog of pending DL tests. The report also mentions that permanent driving tests would be held on three Saturdays and three Sundays of this month, on March 5, 6, 12, 13, 26 and 27. An RTO officer has also advised applicants who previously missed their driving licence tests to book their slots at the earliest to get a confirmed booking.

- Mar 04, 2022

Indore: Driving licence services now available online

You can now renew your driving licence in Indore through online mode. The transport authorities have enhanced their facilities where applicants can now apply for a duplicate driving licence or the renewal of an expired driving licence through an online system. However, they will still have to visit the Regional Transport Office (RTO) to collect their licence. To apply for a duplicate licence, renew or modify it, you can visit the Parivahan portal and fill in the required online forms. Along with this, the Transport Department of Indore has also made changes in the penalty amount for holding an expired driving licence and not renewing it on time, increasing it to ₹1,000 per year.

- February 18, 2022

Gurugram: First aid training now compulsory for driving licence application

On February 14, 2022, the district administration in Gurugram has made first aid training a must for anyone who is looking to apply for a new driving licence or to renew their old one. The Deputy Commissioner of Gurugram, Mr Nishant Kumar Yadav, said that the first aid training will be mandatory for driving licences for all vehicles, including heavy, light and commercial vehicles. This training will be provided online by St John Ambulance Association. Yadav added that this order has been passed keeping road safety in mind and has appealed to the residents of the district to get the first aid training certificate.

- February 14, 2022

Delhi: Driving licence tests to happen 7 days of the week

The Delhi Transport Department has decided to conduct driving licence skill tests for permanent driving licences on all 7 days of the week starting January 31, 2022. This decision was taken to clear the backlog that was caused due to the suspension of driving licence tests between January 6- January 28. A transport department official stated that there are many people who also prefer the weekend to appear for the tests and hence the test tracks have been kept operational during the weekend.

- January 31, 2022

Delhi: Learner’s licence and driving licence tests to resume amid declining COVID-19 cases

With the decline in COVID-19 cases, the Delhi government has issued an order on January 28, 2022, stating that the transport department will resume the driving licence skill test and learner’s licence test with immediate effect. Earlier on January 6, the Delhi Transport Department had decided to suspend all driving and learner’s licence test appointments at all their RTOs due to the rising COVID-19 cases in the national capital. According to the new order, the suspension of all such tests has been revoked following the Delhi Disaster Management Authority’s (DDMA) decision to reopen some prohibited and restricted activities in Delhi.

- January 28, 2022

Delhi: Validity of driving licence extended till March 31, 2022

Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot announced on January 21, 2022, that the validity of driving licences that were to expire between February 1, 2020, and January 31, 2022, has been extended by two months, up to March 31, 2022. “Keeping in view the interest of the general public of Delhi, the Transport Department has decided to extend the validity of all learning licences and heavy driving licences for the next three months i.e. up to 31.03.2022,” he wrote as part of his tweet, adding that the government of Delhi has always stood by their common people. Earlier, the validity for learner’s licence was pushed to January 31, 2022, as per the Transport Department.

- January 21, 2022

Mumbai: RTOs increase driving licence test slots by 77%

It’ll now be easier and faster to get a permanent driving licence in Mumbai as the Tardeo Regional Transport Office (RTO) has increased its infrastructure to conduct 903 driving tests per day. Additionally, there has been a 77% rise in the total number of driving licence tests every day in all four RTOs in Mumbai (Tardeo, Wadala, Andheri, Borivali). Regional Transport Officer Bharat Kalaskar has said that the driving licence tests are now being conducted almost throughout the day from 9 am to 6 pm. The four RTOs in Mumbai would collectively conduct about 900 driving tests per day in 2020-21. Now, the number of daily tests has gone up to 1,600.

- January 20, 2022

Kolkata: Public vehicles department brings down the number of driving licence applications

As per a new report, many public vehicles department offices in Kolkata have reduced the total number of applicants for the final driving tests. The decision to cut down on applicants was taken due to the rapidly rising cases of COVID-19 in the city. Many PVD centres have also been shut down as many officers and staff have been infected. As per the report, the time to get a driving licence for the public may be pushed by a few weeks due to this decision. Officials from Kolkata PVDs have announced that they will cover up for this delay with a higher number of driving licence applications once the COVID-19 situation settles down.

- January 13, 2022

Pune: Number of driving licences issued in 2021 surpasses pre-pandemic figures

According to the data revealed by the Pune RTO, the number of driving licences issued in 2021 has soared compared to 2020 and has even surpassed the pre-pandemic figures. The data shows that around 6% more learner and permanent driving licences were issued in 2021 as compared to 2019. Compared to 2020, the total number of learner’s licences issued in 2021 was approximately 34% higher. “One reason behind this increase could be many offices and establishments opening up after the second wave last year. The fear of availing public transport because of factors like little or no social distance resulted in many people buying personal vehicles, both two- and four-wheelers.” said an RTO official.

- January 10, 2022

Delhi: No driving or learner's licence tests to be conducted from January 6

The Delhi Transport Department has decided to suspend all driving licence and learner’s licence test appointments at all their RTOs from 6th January 2022. This decision was taken in the wake of the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Delhi. Those seeking a learner’s or permanent driving licence can log on to the official website of the Transport Department of Delhi (www.transport.delhi.gov.in) for further updates. The applicants who had appointments for the tests would be provided with the rescheduled dates through SMS. Moreover, there would also be an extension of the validity dates of the learner’s licence.

- January 6, 2022

Ayurveda doctors can now issue medical certificate for driving licence

The Government of Kerala has sanctioned Ayurveda doctors to issue medical certificates for getting a driving licence. Antony Raju, the Minister of Road Transport of Kerala, issued an order stating that qualified and registered ayurvedic medical practitioners are eligible for issuing medical certificates for getting a driving licence. The transport minister also stated that this decision was taken after repeated requests made by various authorities. Before this, only allopathic doctors and post-graduates in ayurvedic medicine were eligible for issuing the medical certificate for a driving licence. The Government of Kerala has issued the order stating that BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine, and Surgery) qualified doctors are equally qualified to issue certificates like MBBS doctors.

- December 31, 2021

Delhi: Validity of learner’s licence and other vehicle-related documents extended further

The Delhi government has extended the validity of learner’s licence which has expired between February 2020 to November 2021 for two more months. So, the expired learner’s licence will be valid till January 31, 2022. Moreover, the validity of other expired vehicle-related documents has been extended till December 31, 2021. The order comes after various fitness centers and field offices experienced crowding. However, such a validity extension will not be applicable to DTC and cluster buses which must keep a valid PUCC certificate.

- November 30, 2021

Kolkata Traffic Department launches e-NOC for lost driving licence and RC

The Kolkata Traffic Department has launched an online or electronic No Objection Certificate facility for lost vehicle registration certificates(RC) as well as for driving licence (DL). Until now, people who needed a NOC for lost RC or DL had to physically visit the Lal Bazar traffic police station to get the document. However, due to the pandemic and to ease the process for the customers, the online e-NOC service has been launched so that people can get their NOC by submitting the relevant information on the www.kolkatatrafficpolice.gov.in website. This online NOC service will be available 24x7 for the customers.

- November 23, 2021

Odisha: Issuance of physical driving licence and RC to stop from January 1, 2022

The state government of Odisha has decided to stop the issuance of physical driving licence, in the form of smart cards, and paper-based Registration Certificate (RC) from January 1, 2022. A dedicated web portal will be available to download the driving licence and RC as per the owner-driver’s convenience, said the state government. Such a new facility is being introduced to reduce the cost and time of the citizens in availing these documents. Moreover, individuals who cannot access this web portal on their own can visit the nearby Jana Seva Kendra to get copies of their DL and RC, said a transport official.

- October 07, 2021

Renting Two-Wheeler Bike Taxis Illegal, Rules Pune RTO

With the rapid rise of two-wheeler bike taxi services being offered by many companies, the Pune RTO has warned against the use of two-wheelers as a commercial transport vehicle. The Pune RTO has released a statement announcing that the use of two-wheelers for transport services is not in accordance with the state’s transport policy. RTO released this statement as there has been a swift rise in bike taxi services being offered in the city with concerns that passengers using these unauthorised services will not benefit from health insurance or any other compensation in case of accidents.

- December 19, 2021

12 Delhi police drivers dismissed for submitting fake driving licence

Twelve Delhi police constable drivers were dismissed from service after getting recruited 14 years ago for submitting fake driving licences. After an internal departmental inquiry was conducted, it was found that a recruitment scam had taken place in 2007. The Delhi police investigated and verified the driving licences of other such candidates admitted in the recruitment process of 2007 and handed over the case to the crime branch. Following this, the twelve police drivers were dismissed from service and an FIR was registered against them.

- November 15, 2021

Kolkata: Jumping yellow light signal can now lead to suspension of driving licence

Speeding past the yellow traffic light in Kolkata can now lead to the suspension of your driving licence for three months. Owner-drivers driving dangerously or jumping a yellow light will be prosecuted under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, and their licence shall be suspended. It is speculated that such a rule has now been extensively enforced due to the occurrence of a fatal accident in Chingrighata on November 6, 2021. The mishap resulted in the death of one with six others sustaining injuries after being hit by a speeding car.

- November 8, 2021

Karnataka: Vehicle owners worried about DL & RC due to smart card shortage

Vehicle owner-drivers are left worrying about their expired driving licence and registration certificates due to a shortage of smart cards in Karnataka. As the validity of various vehicle-related documents has not been extended beyond October 31, 2021, drivers will have to wait for a longer period to get a smart card. The private firm providing the smart card is experiencing a backlog due to the global semiconductor shortage. Therefore, owner-drivers are facing difficulties due to the delay in the issuance of renewed DLs and RCs as venturing out with expired documents can attract hefty penalties.

- November 8, 2021

Assam: Duplicate driving licence and DL renewal now available online

On October 28, 2021, Assam Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma launched an online contactless service for DL renewal and duplicate driving licence facilities. Owner-drivers no longer need to visit the DTO office in person and can avail doorstep delivery service. Such a move is an attempt to empower the people of Assam and provide them with the fruits of good governance, the Assam CM said. However, the contactless facility for cities such as Jorhat, Barpeta, Sivasagar, Baksa, and Kokrajhar will be available after the withdrawal of the Model Code of Conduct. Moreover, a portal for permanent driving licence appointment slots will soon be created, the CM added. 

- October 29, 2021

Road Transport Ministry: Validity of expired vehicle documents to end by Oct 31

The Road Transport Ministry informed the transporters’ organisation that no further extension will be given to the validity of expired vehicle-related documents beyond October 31, 2021. The central government had extended the validity of vehicle documents expired from February 1, 2020, to October 31, 2021. These documents include driving licence, permits, registration certificate, fitness certificate, etc. Furthermore, owner-drivers with expired documents may face action if they are found driving outside a particular state that has extended the validity of expired vehicle papers.

- October 14, 2021

Delhi: QR-code based smart cards to be issued for driving licences and registration certificates

On October 12, 2021, the Delhi government said that the transport department will soon start issuing smart cards with QR-codes for driving licences and registration certificates. This initiative aims to help link and validate the driver’s details with platforms such as Sarathi and Vahan, the two online databases. The transport department shall also be able to retain the records of licence holders in case the smart card is confiscated, the statement claimed. The QR code on the smart card will further act as a safety feature.

- October 12, 2021

Maharashtra: Issuance of driving licence to be expedited to clear backlog

The state transport commissioner, Avinash Dhakne said that he has asked 50 RTOs across the state to clear the pending backlog of issuing permanent DLs to applicants. A deadline of December 2021 has been set to complete the backlog caused due to the pandemic. Due to the online learner’s licence process, the RTO in the state has observed a huge rush to obtain permanent DLs, reported a senior official. The RTO department is also planning to introduce automated test tracks for permanent driving licences and discontinue manual tests soon.

- October 07, 2021

Srinagar: Individual driving without valid licence gets one day imprisonment

On October 1, 2021, the Additional Special Mobile Magistrate (Traffic) court in Srinagar sentenced an individual to one day in prison for driving without a valid driver’s licence. The violator wasn’t able to produce a driving licence before the court as he did not possess a valid DL, the court stated. As the accused person pleaded guilty to the traffic violation, the court did not further proceed to a trial and convicted the individual under Section 3/181 Motor Vehicle Act.

- Oct 02, 2021

Validity of motor vehicle documents extended till Oct 31

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways extended the validity of various motor vehicle documents till October 31, 2021, due to the ongoing pandemic. Vehicle documents that have expired between February 2020 and September 2021 or will expire in October 2021 are now valid till October end. These documents include the driving licence, registration certificate, all types of permits, fitness certificate, etc. The Delhi government also extended the validity deadline of vehicle documents till November 30, 2021, to avoid crowding at the transport department for renewal.

- Sept 30, 2021

Delhi: Failing to carry PUC certificate can lead to suspension of driving licence

The transport department of the Delhi government has mandated vehicle owners to carry a valid Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate. Failing to carry a valid PUC certificate can result in the suspension of driving licence for up to three months. Apart from this, owner-drivers may also face the risk of imprisonment and/or a penalty of ₹10,000. These restrictions have been issued in an effort to reduce pollution due to the festive seasons and the upcoming winter months in Delhi.

- September 19, 2021

Delhi: Facial recognition system for issuing e-learner’s driving licence reports 82% success rate

The National Informatics Centre reported that the new facial recognition system was able to identify 82% of the e-learner’s driving licence applicants. The 18% of unsuccessful recognition could be attributed to the shortage of the software’s facial mapping features, officials reported. The crucial feature of the new system, which was developed for the state government, is to ensure there is no proxy for the online learner’s licence test. The facial recognition software was launched on August 11, 2021 as a part of the Delhi government’s new faceless service project.

- September 2, 2021

Karnataka: Applicants to wait longer before getting driving licence without a test at RTO

From July 1, applicants can enroll at the Accredited Drivers Training Centres to avail a driving licence without taking a test at the RTO. However, driving licence seekers in the state will now need to wait longer for the same, till the implementation of the Karnataka Motor Vehicles Rule. Additional Transport Commissioner, Narendra Holkar stated that it will take 3 to 6 months to amend the rules and implement them in Karnataka.

- July 31, 2021

Now correct driving licence errors online

The errors in your driving licence can now be rectified by visiting the official Sarathi Parivahan website of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. You can click on the ‘Services on DL’ option under the Driving licence tab and input the required details on the page. On confirming the information, you can rectify the needed details and pay a fee of ₹ 505 for a single service and ₹260 for every service after that. The corrections include errors in date of birth or residential address, spelling mistakes in father’s, husband’s or your name, etc.

- Jul 19, 2021

Odisha: Driving licence test to resume in 10 Category-B districts

The driving licence test will resume in 10 Category-B districts of Odisha from July 13, with the booking for slots available from July 10. The Category-B districts, divided on the basis of COVID caseloads, among other things, include Balasore, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Khurda, Mayurbhanj, and Nayagarh. However, the tests in Puri will begin from July 14 with slot booking starting from July 13, due to the curfew in the district for Rath Yatra.

- Jul 10, 2021

Maharashtra: Permanent driving licence tests to become tougher

A Maharashtra state transport official, on June 26, informed TOI that the permanent licence test would become stricter as the learner’s licence test has gone online. As applicants are found to use dummy candidates for tests, the state transport department intends to make the permanent driving licence tests more stringent. The transport department is developing an artificial intelligence-based system that will tighten this process. “There will be certain additions to the test which are being discussed,” added the official.

- Jun 26, 2021

Validity of driving license, vehicle documents extended till September

The Ministry of Road, Transport, and Highways (MoRTH) has issued a new advisory stating that driving licences and other vehicle-related documents expiring post-February 1, 2020, will be valid till September 30, 2021. The earlier deadline was June 30, 2021.

- Jun 18, 2021

You can now get your driving licence without visiting the RTO

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways’ new rule of getting a driving licence without visiting the RTO comes into force from July 2021. The rule states that you can get your driving licence after successfully undergoing training at any accredited driver training centre. The rule, however, adds that you have to complete the training and pass the written and driving tests. These tests would be recorded electronically for audit. Once an individual passes the audit successfully, the centre will issue a certificate that is used to get a driving licence in due time.

- Jun 12, 2021

Validity of driving license, vehicle documents extended

The new advisory issued by the Ministry of Road, Transport, and Highways (MoRTH) states that the validity of driving licences and other vehicle-related documents expiring between February 1 and March 31, 2021, would be given an extension. Authorities are yet to declare a definite date, but until then, the existing documents are deemed valid.

- March 29, 2021

Getting a driving licence and registration certificate made easier through Aadhaar

As per the notice released by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), around 18 license-related services can be availed through the Aadhaar card. So, anyone with an Aadhar card can avail contactless benefits to get a driving licence (learning or permanent) as well as a permanent vehicle registration certificate. The top five DL-related services included in this notice are: learning licence application process, renewal of DL (test of competence to drive not needed), duplicate DL, address change in DL and RC, and issuance of international driving permit. 

- March 5, 2021

Driving licence to be suspended for speeding on 2nd offence

Chandigarh Traffic Department will now be suspending the driving licence (DL) for overspeeding on the second offence. As directed by the SC Committee on Road Safety in 2016, the authorities were suspending DLs in case of the first offence itself. However, the New Motor Vehicles Act of 2019 clearly states that DL for the said offence will be suspended on the second instance. Based on this new rule, the traffic police authorities in Chandigarh have revised the e-challan procedures to suspend DLs for overspeeding on the second or subsequent offences.

- February 21, 2021

Relief for learner’s license applicants: Need not visit RTO office

In an effort to go contactless due to the pandemic, the functioning of the transport sector has also undergone certain vital changes. As per the newly stated details, applicants of learner's license or the ones who need a temporary registration number for their vehicle need not visit the RTO. The verification can now be done through online portals. Aligning with the social distancing norms with regards to the pandemic, the government will set up 16 facilities to allow people to carry out all the process online. Further, the applicants just need an Aadhaar card and no other alternate document for authentication.

- Feb 16, 2021

Applying for a driving licence? You may be exempt from the driving licence test

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) recently issued a proposal detailing norms around the accreditation of driving training centres. To provide quality driving training to the people, MoRTH has listed a detailed set of requirements one has to meet and the procedures to be followed by these centres. Any individual who completes this training from an accredited centre does not have to take a driving licence test when applying for the DL. 

- February 5, 2021

Certificates of driving license, birth and death to be associated with the Family ID card

A number of government services are likely to be associated with the Family Id card, such as driving license, vehicle registration and birth and death certificates.

Under the Parivar Pehchan Patra scheme, every family residing in Haryana will be given an eight-digit ID. Automatic self-selection of beneficiaries for obtaining benefits under different schemes or programs will be carried out using the family database. Various camps are being held to update and validate data at various locations. In Gurugram, under the family id cards, more than two lakh people have already been connected. At present, the data verification process for internal use is ongoing. About 4,000 individuals are registered every day under the family id cards.

- Jan 29, 2021

Around 1,300 driving licenses were suspended last year in Vizag

Reasons which led to the suspension of driving licences were the use of mobile phones while driving, overloading and being involved in fatal accidents. From 3,000 in 2019, the overall number of suspensions dropped dramatically.

According to rules, if a motorist is booked for a serious traffic violation, his driving license can be revoked for a period of three to six months. The violation is reported on the RTO website after suspension, and the data is passed on to the city traffic police. If the driving license of a motorist is revoked more than twice, authorities have the power to suspend the license. Motorists convicted of endangering the lives of others have their driving licenses cancelled in most cases.

- Jan 19, 2021

'International Driving Permit' renewal notification released by the central government

Through the Indian Embassies abroad, it is suggested that people may apply for renewal of International Driving Permit (IDP), from where these applications will be transferred to the VAHAN portal in India.

There was no process for renewal, according to the notice, when people were away and their IDP had become invalid. With this change, it is now proposed that people should be able to avail for renewal through the government offices in other countries, from where these requests will be redirected to the VAHAN website. Meanwhile, there are countries where visas are provided on arrival or visas are provided at the last moment and, in such situations, visas are not available prior to travel when an international driving license is applied for India.

- Jan 17, 2021

A recent driving licenses renewal law upsets many people

Motorists who have not renewed their driving license a year after its validity has expired are stuck in a complicated state of affairs because the transport division has agreed not to renew those licenses in any way.

In case of an end of the year validity interval, as per the law, one must apply again for a learner's license by complying with all the requirements set by the division for a brand new license. Earlier, there was an opportunity to renew the driving license at any time during the grace period of 5 years by paying a sum of Rs 1,000 per year. Although the brand new law would ensure that motorists do not breach the foundation by driving with an expired driving license, motorists have, on the other hand, raised objections claiming that this can have a serious impact on drivers, particularly in the transport sector.

- Jan 14, 2021

2,000 driving licences suspended for not paying challan in Mumbai 

The DL (Driving License) of around 2,000 motorists has been recorded to be suspended in Mumbai for failing to pay challan which were 3 or more in number. The motorists are further asked for an explanation as to why their driving license must not be cancelled permanently. The joint commissioner of the traffic expresses that this decision has increased the rate of recovery of challans up to a 30% and is expected to grow up to 50% in the coming six months. The RTOs are permitted to suspend DL for a period of 3-6 months provided that the vehicle owner has a plausible explanation, if not they can revoke their DL.

- Jan 14, 2021

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