DoTM has begun generating smart driving license cards with the goal of clearing backlogs by the middle of February.

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The Department of Management (DoTM) has begun printing vehicle licenses on the 1.4 million units of smart driving license cards that were imported last month. The printing process began on Tuesday.

According to the Department of Transportation, it has begun printing the information on eligible candidates on smart license cards, with the goal of clearing all backlogs by the middle of February. “We took this action after conducting a cross-verification of the quality of the imported cards,” said Namaraj Ghimire, director general of the Department of Transportation.

The license cards were obtained by the DoTM from the French contractor Smart Card and Solutions (SELP), who was given the 1.24 million contract to provide the licensing cards (Rs 140 million). The license cards were delivered to the department on November 26 by the French company, which had given the contract 13 months prior to that date.

The Department of Transportation (DoTM) began distributing smart driving permits in December 2015. However, due to a paucity of cards, the government authority has started awarding provisional licenses to those who are eligible to acquire a driving license in lieu of issuing permanent ones.

According to Ghimire, the DoTM-enabled mass printers are capable of printing 8,000 cards every day. It is anticipated that over 450,000 people who have passed their driving license tests have waiting in line to acquire their official license cards.

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