Union Minister to scrap RTOs, alternative system in few months

Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways has informed that the Central Government is gearing up to scrap Regional Transport Offices while bringing in a new law and more efficient system.

Union Minister to scrap RTOs, alternative system in few monthsSpeaking at the J S Karandikar Memorial lecture organized by Union of Working Journalists in Pune, Gadkari said that government was in the process of redefining role of RTO and wished to bring in a more efficient and practical way of issuing driving licenses and streamlining the entire system. Doing away with old, outdated laws and system was on the cards, while the Minister confirmed that the Government was adopting traffic models from the UK and other countries.

Under this system, traffic rule defaulters will receive notices at their residences while appeals to court and losing of the case could bring in three times the fine. This new system is being devised following a string of complaints by citizens while alleging rampant corruption at the RTOs in India where only money rules. Gadkari also addressed issues of other social organizations and NGOs stating that they were a hurdle in the development of the country.

In his speech, Gadkari has claimed that there were other more important projects in the field of power, mining and infrastructure that were put on a back foot due to non clearance from forest and environmental departments while major road projects were also pending due to long and lengthy procedures regarding land acquisition. Gadkari wishes to live upto his promise made to the new BJP government to ensure 2% GDP from port and road sector over a period of the next two years