SIALKOT

The process of issuing driving licences has been made more complicated and slower at Sialkot traffic police office adding into the miseries of licence-seekers.
According to traffic police, Monday has been fixed for submission of documents/files by the applicants, who intend to get computerised driving licence . The local senior officials conduct diving tests of applicants and the applicants who pass the driving test are asked to come to the next day (Wednesday) for snaps.
The process usually takes three days to be completed and it is also subjected to the availability of traffic police officials. If some officials are not available, the process would remain stopped there till the availability of the officials concerned. After this hectic practice, the particulars of applicants are sent to the Traffic Police Headquarters Lahore through online system for the issuance of licences.
The successful applicants are asked to deposit Rs180 in cash to the local traffic police clerical staff as expenditures of the courier service through which, the Traffic Headquarters Lahore office sends the licences to the applicants through TCS courier service.
Some applicants said the traffic police headquarters Lahore office usually takes one to two months (if all the needed materials available there) in issuing the licences to the applicants. They said that the courier service had no network to cover in the rural parts in Sialkot district especially in the Sialkot border villages, where even the mobile network does not work.
The couriers send driving licences to their Sialkot office. Instead of delivering these licenses to the given addresses of the rural/border areas of Sialkot while the local couriers send back these licences to traffic police headquarters Lahore.
The practice also causes inordinate delay in the timely delivery of licences. They urged the officials of the Punjab traffic police to ensure sending licences to the applicants through the Pakistan Post.
The people from Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial, Pasrur, Badiana , Chawinda and surrounding areas pay repeated visits to the Sialkot traffic police offices after travelling long distances to check the status of their licences.
They said that inordinate delay by the Punjab traffic police office Lahore has been irking the applicants, which have raised their voice against very slow- mechanism of issuing licences.
Gathered in and around the offices of the DSP Traffic in Sialkot here, hundreds of applicants said that they had passed their driving tests conducted by the local DSP Traffic a month ago for issuing them licences. They said that they had also paid Rs180 per licence to Sialkot traffic police officials for the courier services in a bid to ensure early delivery of their licences at their given addresses.
When contacted, Sialkot based police officials said that the inordinate delay in issuance of licences was being caused at the Punjab traffic police office Lahore. He said that the Sialkot traffic police had repeatedly brought the situation into the notice of the high-ups for the early redressal of the grievances.