Finally a step forward- In an opening statement made by the Road Transport and Highways minister Nitin Gadkari, at the Pune Union Working Journalists memorial lecture stated, that Central Government is in the process of developing a new system, that will abolish the Regional Transport offices (RTO) and replace them with new laws, which will incorporate new efficient policies and systems. This new proposed system should be implemented in the coming months.
This current RTO system is riddled with malpractices such as, long queues and endless deadlines because of which one opts to get the work done through an agent, leading to their dominance in the RTO along with extra fees charged by them. Another money-making racket is the collection of money by the RTO agents under the tag “handling charges” which amounts to anything between Rs 3000- Rs 7000, which is included in the charges of vehicle registration, and the customers are not even given a receipt for the same.
This new system will be inspired and based on traffic models in the UK and other developed countries, wherein a notice will be delivered at your doorstep if you violate any traffic law, with the penalty amount instructed to be paid. Also, if you choose to challenge the authority in court and lose, then the fine is three-times the original amount. The new system most likely will be computer operated using state-of-the-art technology and will attract investors to help propagate this new venture.
This new system is a welcome change for Indian citizen and its the first step to check the corruption in India. The only people with a long face are the RTO officials and the RTO agents who claim the new system to rob them of their bread and butter. As far as changes go help this country develop, this is a smart move by the government. Along with scrapping the RTO system, the Central Government proposes to make amends in the Motor Vehicles Act of 1989, with major attention paid to developing new norms for vehicle safety measures.
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