Within a month's time, the Regional Transport Office (RTO) for the eastern suburbs will begin accepting applications for driving licenses online, and in turn set appointments for initial level tests.
The online driving licence application system that is already being practiced at the RTOs of Andheri (western suburbs) and Tardeo (city), will help cut down the interference of touts and middlemen and eventually bring down corruption rate in the transport department. On the other hand, the overall costs for securing a licence will also come down drastically because of non-involvement of agents.
According to an official from the RTO based at Wadala Truck Terminal, the system is now ready for the public and officials have started taking tests of applicants as per the systems that will be in place after the appointment system is up and running. As per the dry runs done, the system is now streamlined.
Another official informed that the NIC (National Informatics Center) has given a go ahead to launch the service. Wadala's online system will be hosted on the servers of NIC.
Due to the streamlining of the learner's license system, 150-200 applications licenses will be accepted as against over 300 till date. With a shortage of officials, it becomes impossible to screen each application and test the traffic sign knowledge of each individual. Therefore, the online procedure will help for applicants taking the driving tests seriously by doing their homework before the exam.
It has come to light that the daily passing rate of such applicants is around 60 per cent. That is, only 60 per cent of the applicants are aware of traffic signages and symbols.