Now people need not run around the regional transport offices (RTOs) across Odisha to get learner’s licence (LL), vehicle fitness certificate and goods carriage permit. They can download the three kinds of original documents from www.parivahan.gov.in, a website of the ministry of road transport and highways.
“Our new online initiative will minimise the pain of the applicants. We will upload their LLs on website from where they will download the copy. Those, not conversant with internet, can be helped by our officials and volunteers at RTOs to apply for the LL online and later download the document from the ministry portal,” state transport commissioner Sanjeeb Panda said. While the applicants now pay Rs 20 to get a copy of the LL, they will get the service for free if they download the licence online.
LL is issued to applicants after they submit their documents on www.parivahan.gov.in/sarathiservice and later attend a theoretical online test at the RTOs on their chosen dates. Subsequently, the LL holders are supposed to undergo an actual driving test within six months and get permanent DL. Unlike the LL that can be downloaded from website, the DL will continue to be despatched to the houses of applicants by the RTOs, sources said.
While applying for permanent driving licence (DL), the requirement of attaching the original LL will also be stopped from Monday. Panda said the licencing authority can easily verify details of the DL applicants from the web portal. Every year, the transport department issues nearly seven lakh DL, including five lakh LL.
On December 6 last year, the transport department introduce e-challan system across the state, doing away with the manual practice of giving hand-written receipts to violators of motor vehicle (MV) and road safety rules.