The RTA Office in Visakhapatnam requires around 600 cards a day

There is a shortage of cards for issue of driving licences, C-books and other cards issued by the Transport Department. The Regional Transport Authority (RTA) Office, here, requires around 600 cards a day. It’s learnt that there was a shortage of cards for more than a week, which was resulting in delays in the issue of driving licences to motorists and C-books to vehicle owners.

The usual postal delay in the delivery of cards has come as a blessing in disguise for the Transport officials. Applicants continue to be under the impression that they were not getting the cards on time due to ‘postal delays’. The outsourcing of delivery staff by the Postal Department is said to have reduced accountability and that was also adding to the delays in distribution of the cards.

With the RTA, here, poised to get the 3-tier system in about a week, the supply of fresh stock of the old cards was said to be deliberately delayed. “The shortage of cards is a State-wide problem. The supply will be resumed in a week’s time,” Deputy Transport Commissioner in charge G. Krishnaiah told The Hindu on Tuesday.

Once the 3-tier system is in place, a new Smart Card will be issued. Unlike the cards being issued at present, the Smart Cards will contain a memory chip, which stores data pertaining to fitness, pollution, insurance details of a vehicle besides personal data of the vehicle owner.

The card enables prevention of forgery of documents and manipulation of data by the vehicle owner.

The Government of Andhra Pradesh has entered into an agreement with AP Technology Services (APTS) for supply of the cards. The plastic cards bear the words ‘AP Transport Department’ printed on top and other relevant details and the emblem of the Government of A.P.

“The RTA procures the cards from Hyderabad once a month, for the stock required for the next three months. The cards are being procured from Gujarat, for distribution to Transport Offices all over the State,” Regional Transport Officer Vivekananda Reddy said.

Gambeeram track

Mr. Krishnaiah said that two driving tracks were developed at Gambeeram on the outskirts of the city, net connectivity problems were resulting in full-fledged utilisation of the tracks for conducting the driving tracks. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) would provide connectivity between the RTA, Visakhapatnam, and the track through Mandal Office at Gambeeram.

The construction of the RTO Office building at Gajuwaka was in an advanced stage and would be completed soon, he added.

  • The RTA is poised to get the 3-tier system in about a week

  • Once the system is in place, a Smart Card will be issued