DL, FC fees likely to be reduced at RTOs from May

The fees charged by Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) for various services, including Driving Licence (DL), Fitness Certificate (FC) and vehicle registration, is likely to come down from May following protests against the steep hike which came into effect from January 2017.

Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy took the decision on Thursday following a meeting with leaders representing associations of lorry owners and transporters.

However, the department is yet to disclose the revised fee structure. The minister, however, said that the revised fee will reflect a marginal hike.

Fees for various services were increased in January after the Centre issued a circular suggesting the hike, with fees for some services going up by five times.

The learners’ licence fee was increased from Rs 30 to Rs 150 while the fee for DL shot up from Rs 50 to Rs 500, including the fee for driving competence test. The fee for registration of new vehicle (RC) went up from Rs 25 to Rs 50 with an additional Rs 200 charged for smart cards.

Various transport associations staged protests against the hikes as the RC fee for a four-wheeler was hiked from Rs 500 to Rs 1,000 and the FC cost doubled for medium and light motor vehicles. – NGB

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