In a statement, the Department of Transport Management (DoTM) stated that it expects to process up to 5,000 applications for driving licenses per day.
Online applications have been open since Monday evening, according to Loknath Bhusal, the department’s information officer, who told Republica that 21 transport offices across the country will process 5,000 applications per day. A quota of 21 offices across the country has been established, and we are not permitted to accept more than 5,000 applications per day, he continued.
With a quota of 5,000 applications, it appears to be difficult to submit an online application.
Written and trial examinations of driver’s license were suspended on April 29, but the Bagmati Provincial Government has resumed written and trial examinations on September 5, according to the latest available information.
Over 300,000 online service seekers in the Kathmandu Valley alone have not been able to take part in the trial exams, according to the Department of Telecommunications (DoTM). In the period from January to April, more than 700,000 service seekers registered for the trials by completing online forms on the government website.
However, the date for examinations has been scheduled until January 2022 because the Transportation Management Office has not been able to provide services in accordance with the demands of the service recipients since the beginning of the year.
According to the department, between 300,000 and 400,000 service seekers are still waiting for the trial to take place in the Kathmandu Valley. They will be able to take part in the tests within 3-4 months of being accepted.
According to the Nepal Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA), the number of two-wheeler purchases has more than doubled since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country in April of this year.
In spite of this, because the federal government oversees transportation management, and provincial governments oversee transportation management offices, there is a lack of coordination between these two entities. Because of the large number of people who have applied for licenses, it has become difficult to provide timely services.