Bhubaneswar: Amidst outrage among commuters over hefty traffic rule violation fine after introduction of new Motor Vehicle Act in Odisha, the transport authorities directed all the Regional Transport Offices (RTO) to make the offices free from clutches of brokers ensuring smooth process to avail vehicle related documents for the applicants.
All the RTO offices will be broker-free and all kinds of assistance will be provided to Auto-rickshaw and taxi drivers to help them rectifying and getting the documents, informed Commerce & Transport Principal Secretary G. Srinivas at a meeting with All-Odisha Auto and Taxi Drivers’ Association members on Saturday.
A toll-free number (1800-345-1073) is available between 8.00 am and 10.00 pm at all the RTO offices in the state to help applicants to obtain the documents like Driving Licence (DL) and Fitness Certificate (FC) apart from making people aware of new rules under the MV Act, he said.
“More number of counters have been opened at all RTO offices to provide learning and regular licence to the applicants. We are also examining the DL and Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate being issued to commuters everyday,” the official said.
On demand to make some relaxation in the new traffic rules, he denied to make any change in the MV Act as it is a central law.
He assured the union members to implement a system under which one type of fine will be collected instead of many for violating traffic rules.
Currently, there are around 1.18 lakh auto-rickshaw drivers and 5.50 lakh taxi drivers in Odisha. After implementation of new traffic rules, the huge amount of charges in violation of the rules invited irk among the vehicle owners and drivers in the state.