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Post-digitisation, vehicle registration gets tougher

Post-digitisation, vehicle registration gets tougher

As formalities ‘increase’, commuters allege harassment23 Apr 2018 | 1:15 AM

JAMMU: In the process of digitising the system, the Transport Department of Jammu and Kashmir has made it more complicated for the public to register their vehicles as it take more visits to the Regional Transport Office (RTO) to complete the online process.

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Amit Khajuria

Tribune News Service

Jammu, April 22

In the process of digitising the system, the Transport Department of Jammu and Kashmir has made it more complicated for the public to register their vehicles as it take more visits to the Regional Transport Office (RTO) to complete the online process.

The department, which has started digitising the system, has made almost everything online as people have to apply online for a driving licence, its renewal and for the registration of the vehicle.

The department has now given exclusive rights to vehicle dealers to collect a token tax and issuance of temporary numbers on the sale of new vehicles after which the customers do not have to deposit the token at the RTO. But despite paying the token to the dealer, the customer has to visit the office for vehicle inspection.

The department has started another facility for customers of informing them about the registration of their vehicle through SMS. But despite getting information, the customer has to visit the office to deposit fee for the high-security number plate (HSPN) for the vehicle on which the date and time for fitment will be indicated.

The process doesn’t stop here. The customer has to visit the HSNP fitment centre to install the plate and get the receipt of fitment. The receipt has to be deposited at the RTO after which the office prints the registration certificate.

“What kind of digitisation is this? It should have made the process more convenient and time-saving for the customers as well as the department but this has become harassment for the customers,” said Sushil Raina, a customer at the Jammu RTO.

“It has become a big task to get the vehicle registered. It took me almost a month to get the registration certificate of my new vehicle,” he added.

The department, however, calls it a much convenient service for the customers as they do not have to make a file of documents.

“The customer does not have to make a file and complete documents for submission at the RTO office. They just have to visit there for the inspection of the vehicle after which they get the SMS of their registration number,” said Saugat Biswas, Transport Commissioner.

“We have made it mandatory to get a receipt of installation of high-security number plates to get the registration certificate as people were not installing them,” he added.

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Parents allege dowry death, block highway

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Retired Captain on mission to train youth for defence services

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JKPCC vice-chief Jehangir to attend economic summit

23 Apr 2018 | 1:15 AM

SRINAGAR: Vice-chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Projects Construction Company (JKPCC) Sheikh Khalid Jehangir has been invited to attend a two-day Economic Summit 2018 at the Bombay Stock Exchange Hall.

Residents slam move to shut tuition centres across Valley

Residents slam move to shut tuition centres across Valley

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Footfall at Tulip Garden close to 2 lakh this spring

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Hajini’s two books released

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Polythene banned at Valley, Ladakh tourist spots

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Several delegations meet Mehbooba

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No toilets means no pay for 600 employees

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Kathua SP, six other officers transferred

22 Apr 2018 | 12:03 AM

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22 Apr 2018 | 12:03 AM

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Education Minister talks tough, asks protesting students to attend classes

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22 Apr 2018 | 12:03 AM

SRINAGAR: Education Minister Altaf Bukhari on Saturday warned that the government may be forced to shut the educational institutes in the Valley if the students continued their protests against the rape-murder of a minor girl from Kathua district.

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21 Apr 2018 | 3:55 PM

JAMMU: Sending out a strong message against open defecation, salaries of around 6oo government employees in Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir were stopped for not constructing toilets at their houses, an official said on Saturday.

Students, security forces clash in Badgam dist

21 Apr 2018 | 2:02 PM

SRINAGAR: Clashes broke out between students and the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Badgam district on Saturday despite the authorities shutting down most colleges and schools in the Valley.

Army jawan injured in ceasefire violation in J&K's Rajouri dies

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21 Apr 2018 | 1:39 PM

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Army top brass wants J&K radicalised youth back in mainstream

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