Online registration of motor vehicles has been introduced to minimise delays and eliminate corruption in the issue of registration numbers, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has said. The online registration of vehicles has been introduced for the first time in Andhra Pradesh in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday. The Chief Minister formally launched the programme through video conference, remotely from Vijayawada. He interacted with the first customer Eswara Sarma, under the new system, who purchased a car from the Varun Maruthi showroom at Siripuram.
A beaming Mr. Sarma, a retired Headmaster and his wife Shanta, expressed their gratitude to the Chief Minister. Mrs. Shanta said that this was their third car and the first time when they bought a car, they had to run around the Transport Department before their registration number was delivered after 20 days. Now they were assured of getting the number on the same day without the need to go to the Transport Office.
Transport Commissioner N. Balasubrahmanyam briefed the Chief Minister about the process of uploading of the Aadhar Card Number and other details of the customer at the showroom of the car dealer. State Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao, who participated in the launch of the facility in the city, spoke of the vision of the Chief Minister to transform the State into 'Digital AP' as part of which the 'Civil Supplies' and 'Registration' Departments were computerised. Mr. Chandrababu Naidu wants to minimise delays and eliminate corruption through the use of technology.
Describing the online registration of vehicles as a 'revolutionary step', Mr. Srinivasa Rao said that customers would be saved the hassles of running around the Transport Department Office as the data would be uploaded from the dealer showroom itself. Transport Commissioner N. Balasubrahmaniam said that the new system would be monitored for the next couple of weeks and measures taken to improve the system. Online registration was expected to be extended to other parts of the State, after training of automobile dealers, by the end of this month.
On the point raised by the Chief Minister earlier, Mr. Balasubrahmanyam said that the target for bringing all 83 services, offered by the Transport Department, online was June 30. After that applicants would only have to visit the offices of the Transport Department only for getting LLR (Learner's License), Driving License and Fitness Certificate (FC) for vehicles. Additional Transport Commissioner P. Srinivasa Rao, Deputy Transport Commissioner S. Venkateswara Rao, Anakapalli RTO AH Khan and Gajuwaka in charge RTO M. Butchi Raju, Motor Vehicle Inspectors and a host of officials and non-officials were present.