The Regional Transport Office Kashmir has reported a notable increase in revenue for the first two quarters of the current financial year 2022–23, with total earnings reaching Rs 216 crore. This represents a substantial growth of 30 percent when compared to the same period in the previous financial year.
The information was disclosed during a meeting led by Syed Shahnawaz Bukhari, Regional Transport Officer Kashmir.
The meeting also highlighted a significant achievement by the Motor Vehicles Department (MVD) in Kashmir. The department issued a record number of 1,607 Fresh Commercial Route Permits for Maxi Cabs, Taxis, and Buses in the last six months. This milestone is particularly noteworthy as it marks the resumption of this process after nearly a decade, demonstrating the department's proactive efforts in liberalizing commercial permits and enhancing transportation services.
Furthermore, the RTO commended the officers and officials of MVD for their exceptional performance in collecting fines for various road safety, traffic, and transport violations. The fines collected have seen a remarkable growth of 71 percent, with the total recovery increasing from Rs 0.87 crore to Rs 1.50 crore during the period under review.
The RTO urged officers to maintain their enthusiasm and commitment to this objective. He emphasized that violators should not only be penalized but also face the potential suspension and cancellation of their driving licenses, vehicle registrations, and commercial permits.
In the meeting, it was revealed that, across all districts of the Kashmir division, 303 driving licenses, 52 vehicle registration certificates, and 305 commercial permits were suspended or canceled in the last two quarters.
The meeting also shared statistics from the first two quarters of the financial year. During this period, 43,297 new vehicles were registered, 2,604 fresh permits were issued, and 9,792 permits were renewed. Additionally, 2,627 fresh fitness certificates were issued, and 14,256 were renewed. The issuance of 17,599 fresh driving licenses and the renewal of 17,956 were recorded. Moreover, 6,594 vehicle transfer cases were successfully completed.
RTO Kashmir reiterated the importance of prioritizing a smooth and reliable public transport system to enhance the convenience of the general public. He emphasized that by implementing an efficient public transport system, the number of cars on the roads could be significantly reduced, thus mitigating traffic congestion. This approach not only ensures ease of mobility for residents but also contributes to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly transportation system.
The meeting was attended by Assistant Regional Transport Officers from all 10 districts in the Kashmir division.