RTOs To Operate With More Staff On Holidays

The Odisha Government has announced that the Transport Department offices will remain open even on holidays to help the public in obtaining the required documents for motor vehicles. This announcement came a day after CM Naveen Patnaik announced relaxation on hefty fines for traffic violators under Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019.

Padmanabha Behera, Commerce and Transport Minister, after a high-level meeting at the Secretariat, informed the media personnel that Regional Transport Officers (RTOs) have been instructed to set up special camps to help people understand and comply with the new rules. “The State Government will provide all kinds of support to the public to help them arrange their vehicle documents within the relaxation period of three months,” he said.

To cope with the rising applications from various vehicle registration documents, the State Government has directed the RTOs to set up more counters at their respective offices.

G Srinivas, Principal Secretary Commerce and Transport Department, addressed the media after a video-conferencing with the RTOs at the Secretariat. He said, “with more counters opened in the RTO offices, we would be adding more staff”. A majority of the counters will allot new driving licences and deal with renewal of old ones.

Srinivas also stated that additional pollution testing centres will be set up to deal with the heavy demand and stern action will be taken against brokers who charge exorbitant fees for preparing these documents. Furthermore, he made it clear that no mercy will be shown to drunk drivers.

Notably, Padmanabha Behera stated that fines collected from traffic violators during the last nine days wouldn’t be reimbursed. This was an answer to the opposition political parties’ demand of refund of the fines collected from the public before the Chief Minister ordered the three-month relaxation time.

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