Police has arrested a man on charge of forging driving licences from his rented flat at Ason in Kathmandu . Milan Lama, 40, of Kavre was caught with newly forged driving licences, seven hologram stickers and two stamps of the Department of Transport Management (DoTM).
A police team from the Kathmandu Metropolitan Police Circle, Lainchour, had raided Lama’s residence after traffic officers confiscated a fake driving licence during a routine check at Sorhakhutte. The licence owner revealed during inspection that he had bought the document from Lama.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Birendra Bahadur Shahi, chief of the circle said, Lama has admitted to have issued 60 to 65 driving licences so far.
“The man says he entered into this business three months back. He has said that he used to get the work from a guy who paid him Rs 2,000 for a licence apiece,” said DSP Shahi.
“We still find many people desperate to get a driving licence through illegal channel.”
Many manpower companies have also been found issuing fake driving licences to their clients planning to go aboard for driver’s job.
On November 20 last year, Palpe Sherpa, a Tibetan man, was arrested with a fake driving licence from Boudha, Kathmandu . Sherpa had obtained the fake licence under the name of Lali Sherpa, which had the stamp of transport management office and a signature of the gazetted officer.
Superintendent of Police Basanta Pant of the Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD) said many people obtain fake driving licences after failing the driving test. Police suspect that there are still many people in and outside the Valley driving with fake licences.
According to MTPD, at least 20 such fake driving licences are confiscated every year.
To control the use of fake driving licence, SP Pant said they are working closely with the DoTM to make a common data networking system so that they can run background check on drivers.
“This will minimise, if not completely stop, such rackets from producing fake driving licences,” said SP Pant.
No let up in speed violation cases
Despite the effort from traffic police to control over-speeding on the Koteshwor-Suryabinayak road, 45 drivers are booked on a daily average for violating the designated speed limit of 60 kmph. The 9.15 km six-lane road is considered one of the most accident-prone areas in Kathmandu Valley.
Inspector Ramesh Pradhan at the Bhaktapur Metropolitan Traffic Police Circle said though they take action against around 1,200 drivers for breaching the speed limit, speeding violation has not come under control.
“We have punished the same person for four times,” Pradhan said. “Currently, we carry out checking on the road twice a day during peak hours. If we stay on the road for a whole day, the number of such drivers could rise enormously.”
The traffic authority finds fault in the Department of Transport Management’s penalty policy on speed violation for the wanton disregard of the drivers for the speeding limit.
The department has fixed meagre Rs 200 for speed violation which, the traffic authority says, is very low to deter the drivers from over-speeding.
Besides the fine, the traffic police have also made it mandatory for the speed violators to attend the 30 minutes class on driving rules and safety. But the penalty, it seems, has a very little impact on the drivers.
Available data with the traffic police circle shows that 303 motor accidents were reported on the road in the current fiscal year, in which 25 people were killed died and 254 others were injured. Motorcyclists are found to be the most vulnerable to road accidents, and the most likely to be fined for speed violation.