Planning to get a permanent driving licence but unable to get time off to appear for a test? You can now do so on a Sunday. The transport department has decided to carry out driving tests on Sundays at all the 13 Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) in the capital.
Applicants will now be able to book slots for Sundays when RTOs are otherwise closed. An order issued by the department on Friday, with the approval of transport minister Kailash Gahlot, stated that, to provide the facility, it has been decided that the offices of zonal motor licensing officers or RTOs would remain open on Sundays. The offices, however, would not provide any other services except driving tests on that day.
It has also decided that the test inspector and other RTO staff working on Sundays would be allowed to take their weekly off on Mondays. Applicants will not be able to book online slots for Mondays, as the department will not allot any fresh appointment for that day from now on.
The existing applicants who have already taken slots for Mondays, however, would be allowed to take the test on the appointed day, for which alternative inspector and staff would be deputed. This means that at most of the busy RTOs, driving tests would continue both on Mondays and Sundays for the next one to two months.
To tackle long waiting period at many RTOs, the department is also planning to carry out driving tests at three driver training centres of the Institute of Driving and Traffic Research at Sarai Kale Khan, Loni and Burari, which have automated testing tracks. These facilities might be used for three hours every day to take the load off other RTOs, sources said.
The move is just one of the measures being implemented by the transport department to provide hassle-free services to Delhiites. The department, in fact, does not want applicants to visit RTOs and is moving most of its services online, except for driving tests, vehicle fitness certificates, etc.
It has also prepared a roadmap for making its services ‘faceless’ without requirement of the applicant’s presence at the RTO. The transport department has started with 12 of its most sought after services and will gradually add most of its 70 services. The faceless services have already started in some of the RTOs.