AP allots driving licenses to persons over 100 yrs of age!

Last Updated: Friday, July 16, 2010 - 00:06

Hyderabad: The `Citizen-Friendly Services
(CFS) of Transport Department` of the Andhra Pradesh
government seem to have achieved some dubious distinctions.

The Transport Department has issued driving licenses in
as many as 551 cases in the recent past to persons well over
the age of 100 years.

Likewise, 1,280 teenagers below the age of 16 too have
benefited from the Department`s munificence as they
conveniently secured driving licenses in various parts of the
state, in clear violation of Section 14 of the Motor Vehicles
Act.

Interestingly, in some cases, the dates on the driving
licenses indicated that the holder was born well after the
license issue date. In 4,019 cases, the date of driving test
was noted to be prior to even the date of application.

These glaring lapses were picked up during a performance
review of the Transport Department by the Comptroller and
Auditor General during the year 2008-09.

The CAG report was tabled in the state Assembly today.

The CAG pointed out that learners` licenses were issued
`beyond permissible limits` in 18,626 cases, despite the MV
Act stipulating that a learner`s license shall be valid only
for a period of six months.

In one particular case, an applicant `passed` the driving
test though he scored zero marks. The minimum marks required
for issuing a driving license is 16 out of 20.

It also noted that validity certificates for 41,978
vehicles were issued for a period of over 15 years though the
certificates have to be renewed every five years on completion
of 15 years.

The CAG slammed the Transport Department over the "gross
inconsistencies\improbabilities" in the CFS stating they were
due to "lack of proper validation and input controls."

In 9,105 cases, the tax payment date was beyond the
system date.

In 15 cases, validity of the date of registration of
vehicles was shown prior or same as the date of issue of the
registration certificate.

In six cases, validity of international driving permit
expired before the issue date.

It was also found that the fitness certificate in 1.36
lakh cases involving a fee of Rs 10.74 crore was renewed for
more than one year, contrary to the provisions and which have
serious implications on the road safety, the CAG noted.

PTI



First Published: Friday, July 16, 2010 - 00:06

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