From next month, better printing techniques would be used so that the smartcards meant for the printing of licences and vehicle registrations remain fresh and readable for longer, an RTO official said.
“The transport department was supplied with these cards from two companies but their tender has now ended. The department has entered into an agreement with another company, and they will start the process of printing the licenceand registration smart cards from next month,” the official added.
“The new cards will be better and the printing will be embossed so that they stay for long without damages. Also, the number of licences and RC books printed each day will incre-ase, which means the waiting time will drastically come down,” the official added.
He said that in some regional transport offices, printing is currently underway with the available cards, but there was a shortage in others like Pune.
The Pune RTO dispatchesaround 5,000 RC books and 3,000 driving licences each day. “The pendency is not huge but it is increasing. At present, there is a pendency of around 5,000 RC books and 30,000 driving licences,” another official said.
An official from the Pimpri Chinchwad RTO said there was no pendency.
The licence is valid for 20 years or until the applicant reaches the age of 50. However, many licence holders have complained about the quality of the cards. “The printing has become worse and one has to keep these documents carefully in enclosed envelopes to ensure they last long and the printing doesn’t fade,” said Kothrud resident Jayesh Dixit.