Like every other process in India, the procedure to obtain a driving licence is lengthy. But, if followed ‘properly,’ it is fast and easy. There is a lot of difference between rules and implementation.Bhavneet Singh firstname.lastname@example.org
- Go to the APT website and book a slot or directly go to the RTO
- Download the license form or get it from the RTO
- The candidate should have completed 30 days with a learner’s license before he/she could appear for the test.
- The candidate then has to go through the test which is both theory and practical, which is taken by the officer.
- If passed, the license is sent to the applicant’s residence within a month.
The maximum cost: Rs.600
Approximate time: 3-6 months.
Brokers are galore in the City who claim to make your life “pleasant.” A veteran broker from Trimulgherry, who did not give his real name said, “Pay Rs.2,300 for two-wheeler license, and `4,000 for four-wheeler license including training. Within a month you will get the license.” On being questioned on how this was possible, He said, “It’s a simple process. We know people inside the office and by pay them, your application is given priority and done first.” Adding to this, He said “The driving test is also handled by our officer inside. You don’t need to worry about it.” And if one does not pay? “Go round and round like the earth around the sun.”
Sharat Chandra, a student, who recently got his license through the broker says, “It has made life easier. All I had to do was give my documents and pay the money, and be present on the day of the test. My license reached my address in about 40 days.”
On the other hand, Amrit Kosaraju, a software engineer tried get it the legal way. On the status of his application, he said: “It’s been over two months now, and I am still looking for a slot to give my test. Every time I go to the office, I am given a new date.” On being asked how many times he’s been to the office, he said, “I have stopped counting. Every time they have a new reason to delay it.”
“I thought I would do it the right way. But looks like it never works,” he adds.
The approximate number of learner’s licenses that are issued every day are 150 and permanent licenses issued are 250 according to the records. So, if on an average, out of the 150 learner’s licenses, 75 are illegal, then in a month, about 3,000 riders with illegal licenses are there. The total amount exchanged is around Rs.51 lakh per month. The RTO officials claimed that everything goes on according to the rules and regulation.
People who choose to be honest get nothing.“The whole system is rotten ,” bemoaned a middle-aged citizen at the RTO He too paid for it!