Driving licence can be renewed in any state

AHMEDABAD - Soon, vehicle users will be able to renew their driving licence anywhere in India irrespective of their residence or place of business.

By Mahesh Trivedi

Published: Wed 15 Jun 2011, 11:52 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 10:33 PM

Gujarat transport commissioner J P Gupta told Khaleej Times that a law was being enacted under which an Indian citizen who had his driving licence registered in one state could apply for renewal in any other town or state of the country.

There is a plan for issuing a ‘national licence’ with a number which will be linked with the ‘Unique Identification Number’ to be issued by the Unique Identity Development Authority of India in the near future. The plan is among the many user-friendly changes mooted by the S. Sundar Committee in a bid to streamline the Motor Vehicles Act 1988.

The committee has suggested portability of registration numbers allowing the original registration number to remain valid throughout the country instead of changing it with a shift in residence or office from one state to another.

Under the proposed law, the National Road Safety and Traffic Management Board Bill, to be passed by parliament soon, the validity of a driving licence for a non-transport vehicle will be for 20 years or until the holder attains the age of 50. It could be renewed every five years till the age of 70 and thereafter renewal will be based on medical certificate.

Gupta said that work on the digitalisation of data was almost over in Gujarat, and in the coming days, an officer sitting in any Regional Transport Office (RTO) could see the details of any vehicle online instantly.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways had set up the Sundar committee in the light of the recommendations by a parliamentary panel to review the Act and incorporate the practices followed in China and Japan.

Pointing to a flaw in the present law, which does not provide for allotting numbers for the driving licence, resulting in issuance of the same number for a new licence or a duplicate issued by a different RTO even within the state and thus opening the possibility for making a fake licence, the committee suggested that a unique number should be issued to every licensee.

According to World Health Organisation statistics, about 1.2 million people die every year in road accidents the world over, of which 84,674 deaths occur in India. The National Crime Records Bureau’s latest statistics show that more than 126,000 people died in India due to road traffic accidents in 2009.


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