On Tuesday, Maharashtra issued 2 directives to state's 50 Regional Transport Offices aka the RTOs. One of those allows people to obtain a learner's licence by sitting for a test which can be given from home using an Aadhaar-based authentication mechanism, said a senior official. The second change is, dealers can register their non-transport vehicles without taking them physically to RTOs, said Avinash Dhakane, who is the Maharashtra Transport Commissioner. He added that these facilities will bring about huge socio-economic benefits, reduce footfalls at RTOs, eradicate illegal agents, diminish corruption & reduce the burden on staff while also saving time & money of citizens.
Officials said that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray is to inaugurate these facilities in the up-coming 2-3 days.
An official said, "Annually, Maharashtra's transport department issues around 20 lakh learner's licences and equal number of cars & bikes in non-transport category are registered in the state. Necessary changes were made by National Informatics Centre (NIC) in Vahan 4.0 and Sarathi 4.0 systems used for vehicle registration and driving licence issuance across the country.”
An official also said, "After watching a few online videos on road safety, one can apply for a learner's licence test, in which he or she must answer rightly at least 60 per cent of questions. Those who clear the test can then print a learner's licence on their own.”
The official also said that NIC also developed a system through which doctors can upload medical certificate of applicant in a prescribed format. For this, doctors will have to apply online to RTOs to gain their user ID and password.