New MVA drives many to apply for license across state

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 12th Sep: Following the implementation of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 pan-India on September 1, there has been a sudden spurt in the number of applications seeking issuance of driving license in the state.
Observing that the rush has been triggered by stiff penalties under the new Act, District Transport Officer, Imphal West Th Dinachandra said that the driving penalties have been hiked to keep everybody safe and anyone who abides by traffic rules and regulations need not worry about the penalty.
Since the new Act came into effect, there has been a sudden increase on driving license applications. District Transport Offices saw long queues in the last two three days, much longer than one would see on any day before the Act came into force.
Speaking to The People’s Chronicle, District Transport Officer, Imphal West Th Dinachandra Singh informed that number of driving license applications shot up in record numbers after the Act was enacted. Despite this, all district offices are working hard to provide the licenses as soon as possible.
He continued that the hike in penalty amount is to ensure safety. Earlier penalties were so low that many people did not care about the rules. People who abide by traffic rules and regulations need not worry about paying the hefty fines.
Wearing helmet/seatbelt while driving, possessing driving license, preventing under-age drivers/riders, etc., are rules made to ensure our safety, he explained.
Informing that people could now apply for driving license online via https://parivahan.gov.in/parivahan/, Dinachandra said the printout of the applied form must be brought to the DTO office, following which a 6-month validity learner’s permit would be given after verifying the documents and scrutiny. After 30 days have passed, application for a smart card driving licence could be made, he added.
The officer further informed that the learner’s fee for two-wheelers is Rs 200 and Rs 700 would be charged as tax while applying for smart card driving licence along with Rs 190 for the smart card itself. For light vehicles, the learner’s fee is Rs 350 and Rs 1000 would be charged as tax while applying for smart card driving licence in addition to Rs 190 for the smart card.
Dinachandra then said that Traffic police are conducting awareness drives in various places to inform the public about the New Act.
Talking to this daily, Traffic Police DSP Keisham Bijoykumar explained that drives are being conducted to spread awareness among the masses about the new Act, apart from stressing on the importance of wearing helmet/seatbelt while driving, possessing driving license, barring under-age drivers/riders, etc.
Since parents of under-age drives/riders would be the ones to suffer the penalty, he urged all concerned to adhere to traffic rules and regulations.


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