Vehicles in India is increasing on a regular basis, mainly because they are better and reasonably priced in this day and age, unlike in the past where they were only owned by the rich or elite. Secondly, banks are offering better deals on loans to pick up vehicles, while most people need one to commute. Every new vehicle purchased has to be dealt with by the RTO. Other than working on the documentation for cars and bikes, they have to manage the paperwork connected with maintaining and following the road safety rules.
This implied the need for a lot more Regional Transport Officers throughout the country. In response to this, each state has multiple offices dealing with vehicles in their vicinity. Vehicles are connected to the addresses of the owners, and not to the vicinity of the showroom. This allowed RTOs to keep a check of vehicles in their vicinity, no matter the location they were purchased from.
There were a lot of rumours going around that the RTO was openly corrupt. Some went so far as to make allegations that they refused to register vehicles unless paid under the table. In response to this, the Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Nitin Gadkari, tried to clean the system up by taking most of it online. He put the power in the hands of the people, creating systems where they could ‘openly call out’ their respective officers participating in such practices. Furthermore, some states also increased the number of staff in their RTO offices, which automatically helped when dealing with the immense workload.
After ages, a no longer understaffed office, now made completely transparent with the help of the internet, started assisting the Government with the stern implementation of the Motor Vehicles Act and the handling of vehicle-related documentation.
This information has been gathered by RTO Online.