Bogus driving licences rampant in Hyderabad
HYDERABAD: The Computerised Driving Licence Office (CDLO), Hyderabad, deals with a number of bogus licences every day, an officer said on Monday.
“Because of the strict rules and transparent system, the applicants turn to bogus licences, which they get without going through medical fitness test, driving test and traffic signs test,” Abid Raza Khan, In- Charge of the CDL Branch, Hyderabad district, said while talking to The News.
“Except for Karachi, this is the only CDL office in Sindh. The whole computerised system costs around Rs1 million and every district cannot afford it and booklet licences are also acceptable and are in use.”
The Hyderabad computerised office, which started working in April 18, 2003, issued 138,135 licences and earned Rs5,341,265. Pakistan’s international licence is acceptable in 93 countries for a period of one year.
“The authorities should crackdown on agents engaged in making bogus driving licences in Gari Khata, Hyderabad,” Khan said. The police said they arrested Azmatullah in January 2011 for making bogus CDLs for Hyderabad from Karachi. The case has been registered and is under trial.
He told The News one driving school, out of 12 schools in Hyderabad, is running with the permission of the concerned authority, is engaged in issuing bogus driving licences. “I have written to the authority several times, but no action has been taken against the said driving school so far,” he said.
Referring to medical fitness of the applicants for driving licence, Abid appealed to the authority that honest and professional doctors should be deputed in the regional police hospital in order to improve the system.