RTO goes Online and Bribe at RTO is history!
Soon, there is good news for the hapless RTO customers. The Transport Department of Government of Maharashtra, covering all the 45 Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) across Maharashtra will implement its e-payment scheme including registration of new vehicles. Under the scheme, it will be possible for you to register your new vehicles by making the payment through a software developed by the National Informatics Centre — Grass — at the car dealer's showroom itself, thus dispensing with your umpteen visits to RTO Office. All monetary transations connected with RTO would be executed online through internet. .
Confirming the scheme, the State Transport Commissioner, said it will be the transport department's intention to fully implement the e-payment facility. He said, "This scheme is being expanded to all the RTOs across the state so that we can have a corruption-free transparent payment system for the people." Starting this system on a trial basis at the Central RTO in Tardeo in late June this year, the system has more or less stabilized and finally began to function smoothly, after initial teething trouble.
An official from the Tardeo RTO, while speaking to a newspaper reporter on condition of anonymity, said, "It is a very citizen-friendly system that is beneficial for all - officials as well as buyers; work load of the officials will be reduced while buyers can register vehicles even when RTO is not working and won't need to wait in never-ending queues."
RTO has managed to earn more than Es 12 crore up to October just for registering new vehicles using the software. The software could be used for add on services relating to other monetary transactions online.