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Kozhikode: About 20,000 license-related papers and registration certificates are lying unattended in the various RT offices and sub-RT offices in the state. These include newly issued RC books, renewed RCs, licenses, and RCs of new vehicles that are returned without acceptance by the owners. These were distributed during the period 2019-2021.
The Kozhikode RT Office alone holds around 1800 registration certificates and 1200 licenses. In addition, the Koyilandy sub RT office has more than 500 licenses and RCs. Similarly, 201 registration certificates have been returned to the Malappuram RT office.
Kannur RTO has 269 registration certificates and 127 licenses. There are more than 100 licenses and 200 registration certificates in the Thrissur district and 1500 registration certificates and licenses in the Ernakulam district. There are 58 licenses and RCs in Wayanad. The Department of Motor Vehicles is also collecting data from other districts.
RCs and licenses are generally sent by post. The incorrect address is one key reason for their return. The license and RC are sent in a window envelope. Officials say the full address and phone number are at times not visible on the outside of the cover and this is hampering the delivery. There are also situations where it has become difficult to reach the applicant directly due to lockdown and local restrictions.
However, officials are also surprised that people do not come to the RT offices for enquiries on non receipt. An Adalat was also held in 2020 under the leadership of the Kozhikode RT office to expedite the delivery of pending documents to applicants. Only one person attended this. It has been decided to to conduct similar Adalat across the state, Joint Transport Commissioner, T.C. Vineesh said. Licenses and registration certificates will be issued directly to the person who attends the Adalats with an identity card.