April 6: The registration of vehicles in the city has witnessed a rise in the fiscal 2011-12.
According to figures released by the transport department, the registration of vehicles in the district transport office (DTO) (registration and licensing), Kamrup, has gone up to 64,815 in 2011-12 from 28,216 in 2007-08.
In 2011-12, of 64,815 vehicles registered, 34,600 were motorcycles and scooters and 19,096 cars.
Because of an increase in registration of vehicles, the revenue collection of the DTO-registration and licensing (Kamrup) has also gone up.
An official source said the revenue collection by DTO-registration and licensing (Kamrup) in 2011-12 has risen to Rs 94.18 crore from Rs 73.97 crore in the previous year.
“You may not like the congestion on city roads caused by ever-increasing number of vehicles, but it has helped the district transport authority to surpass the target of Rs 82.3 crore in revenue collection set by the government in 2011-12,” he said.
He said in the last fiscal, the highest number of vehicles, 6,315, was registered in the month of September followed by 6,096 vehicles in December and 5,637 in October last year. The lowest number of vehicles, 4,761, was registered in April last year.
The DTO-enforcement (Kamrup) has also achieved the revenue collection target set by the government.
The revenue collection of DTO-enforcement was Rs 2.038 crore against the target of Rs 2 crore set by the government.
Last financial year (2010-2011), the DTO-enforcement (Kamrup) had collected Rs 1.6 crore as revenue against a target of Rs 2 crore set by the government.“For 2011-12 the revenue collection target was fixed by increasing 40 per cent over the last year’s achievement,” the source said.
“Stricter enforcement of motor vehicles rules is one of the reasons for increase in revenue collection. Penalising two-wheeler riders for not wearing helmets has increased the amount collected in fines,” he said.
He said the increase in the number of vehicles in the city has also led to a rise in the number of violations of road-safety rules and accidents.
The city witnessed 909 accidents last year, resulting in 271 casualties.
During Holi this year, there were 200 accidents, mostly involving bikers.
According to the source, the helpline numbers launched on March 22 to register complaints against reckless drivers has received an encouraging response.
“Till March 29, altogether 28 complaints were received and on the basis of the registration number of the two-wheelers, the owners were served notices and many of them had submitted written promises that they will not repeat such mistakes,” the source said. “They were let off with a warning that their driving licence will be cancelled in case of a second violation,” he added.