After the steep hike in fine for drivers from September 1 under the new motor vehicle rules, there is a rush for online applications to get driving licence at the district transport office (DTO) in Jamshedpur. DTO officials said slots for tests to issue licences are booked for one month now. Under the new rules, the fine for driving without licence is Rs 5,000, which has been hiked 10 times from the earlier Rs 500.
The officials said slots for issuing new licenses are available only in October. They added that after the department went online, there is no scope to get the slots through any illegal means and cautioned those who are trying to use such means.
DTO Dinesh Ranjan said before September 1, the slots for driving licence tests are only half full, but things have changed overnight.
Talking to TOI on Monday, Ranjan said, “Those who want new licence have wait for the slots in October.” He agreed that after the new fines have come into force, the applications for new license have shot up in many folds.
The scene is no different outside pollution check centres in Steel City , vehicles owners queue up outside the scheduled places even before the shutters are opened. People are taking leaves from offices to get PUC certificates.
Manish Sinha, who works at Tata Steel, lamented that he has one car and two two-wheelers and now he has to get PUC certificates for all three vehicles. Manish pointed out that in comparison to the number of vehicles in the city, PUC certificate issuing centres are very few, so owners have to face the problem. He demanded more such centres in the city.