The transport department on Friday launched an improved version of its website. Now, citizens can pay taxes, fees and fines via the portal, without having to visit the nearest Regional Transport Office (RTO). The Kannada interface can be changed to English, as per the user’s convenience.
Transport minister R Ramalinga Reddy said through the website, they hope to increase efficiency in operations and reduce the number of people queuing up at RTOs. “This will help the public save a lot of time,” Reddy said.
The development will benefit the owners of 1,60 lakh vehicles in the state. The website will be a repository of information. From the process required for obtaining a driver’ slearner’s licence (DLLL) to vehicle statistics and pollution levels in the city, one can find it all here.
“Instead of making rounds of the RTO to find out what various documents are required to complete a certain procedure, people can browse the site,” said Hemant Kumar, additional commissioner for transport (administration).
As of now, documents for DL and LL can be scanned and uploaded on to the database.Every user will be given an identification number, through which he or she can track the status of his or her query .
The new website will allow users to pay fees and tax for new vehicles and quarterly tax for transport vehicles, as well as DL fees.
Speaking about high vehicle density resulting in traffic congestion, Maruti Sambrani, joint commissioner for transport, said high-level talks are being conducted with the chief secretary to open highdensity corridors across the city.
“Police have identified 12 potential locations. We are in talks with the other stakeholders,” he said. Last year saw vehicle numbers go up by nearly 20% (68,00,000) in Bengaluru.