Transport touts scoff at govt plan

Beltala: Transport touts at the public vehicles department in Beltala have ridiculed the government's plan to make identity cards mandatory for employees.

It is close to impossible for anyone to get work done within a deadline on his/her own, they have said. For, they know the trick - whom to pay and how much.

So, how does it work? Officially, there's no fee for a no objection certificate while reselling a car.

One has to submit three copies of Form 28, photocopies of road tax token and insurance and a consent letter from the financier if the vehicle has been taken on loan and it's still to be cleared.

While unveiling a Citizen's Charter on Tuesday, transport minister Suvendu Adhikari had said it shouldn't take more than a day or two to get such an NOC.

"That's just for the record. Try getting an NOC on your own," a man in his 40s challenged Metro outside the PVD office in Beltala.

He has a makeshift counter outside the gates through which vehicles leave the PVD campus after a fitness test.

"If you need it, you have to pay Rs 1,600," he said. "But even then we can't promise you will get it before a month."

But why the money? Several others who, too, quoted almost a similar amount, claimed they needed to pay various people at the desks to get things moving.

It starts with paying Rs 300 to some of the officials at the registration desk after submitting the application for an NOC.

The next stop is police verification and that would entail another Rs 300. Then Rs 100 to officials of the motor theft section that check if a vehicle is stolen.

The application then moves to the dispatch section where officials will have to be paid Rs 200 for the file to reach the motor vehicles inspector.

"The inspector has to be paid Rs 100 for every application to get the final clearance," the man said. "That works out to Rs 1,000. We charge another Rs 600. That's it."

Transport officials said the PVD was short-staffed. "But we are shifting to a stage where people can pay by debit/credit cards at the point of sale," a transport official said.

"We have started it at the Behala PVD. It will be replicated at other offices soon. Once that happens, touts will become redundant."

But what about officials conniving with touts? "That has always been the case," he said.


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