KATHMANDU, May 26: In a case submitted to the court by the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police regarding the issuance of fake driving licenses, former directors general of the Department of Transport Management are implicated. The case states that they acted 'under higher orders.', but the source of these orders is not disclosed.

KATHMANDU, May 14: The Department of Transport Management (DoTM) recently received the lab test report of driving license cards. Following the initiation of printing, a batch of cards underwent quality checks by the manufacturing company.

KATHMANDU, May 8: A former computer officer of the Department of Transport Management (DoTM) has been arrested in connection with the fake driving license distribution case. On Tuesday, the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police arrested Basanta Pandey, a former employee of the DoTM.

KATHMANDU, May 6: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal held discussions with the officials of the Department of Transport Management (DoTM) about the current situation of driving license distribution and the solution to the problems seen in it today.

KATHMANDU, March 30: The state has incurred a loss due to the flaws in the contract for the installation of embossed number plates on vehicles. The losses have resulted from payment arrangements based on the BOOT (Build-Own-Operate-Transfer) system and contract deal in US dollars.

KATHMANDU, Jan 23: The Department of Transport Management (DoTM) has installed 78,000 embossed number plates on vehicles in eight years amidst disputes and confusion.

KATHMANDU, Jan 15: It has been revealed that a person received his driving license while he was still in police custody in connection with a case of vehicular homicide, thanks to a collusion between the employees of the Department of Transport Management (DoTM) and middlemen.

In a welcome relief to service seekers waiting for years to get their driver’s license cards for months, Germany's Muehlbauer Company delivered over 600,000 driver’s license cards to the Nepal government on Thursday. The delivery of the first consignment of the driver’s license cards comes as a breath of fresh air for the Department of Transport Management (DoTM) and the 1,458,000 drivers who have been patiently awaiting the renewal or issuance of their licenses for a long time.

KATHMANDU, Jan 11: Germany's Muehlbauer Company is dispatching 600,000 driver’s license cards to Kathmandu on Thursday. The company has got the contract to deliver 1.2 million cards for the transportation system. Of that, the first batch of 600,000 cards is scheduled to arrive on Thursday. The remaining 600,000 cards will be shipped within the next 45 days.

KATHMANDU, Oct 24: The Department of Transport Management (DoTM) is grappling with a mounting backlog of unprinted driver's licenses, which has surpassed 1.2 million, as the printing process remains halted.

KATHMANDU, Oct 11: To enhance convenience for travelers during the upcoming Dashain festival, the Department of Transport Management (DoTM) has made the decision to open route permits for applications across Nepal from October 13 to October 28. This move aims to expedite travel during the festive season, allowing passengers to reach their destinations more efficiently.

KATHMANDU, Jan 31: The Kathmandu Valley Traffic Police Office has sent the driving licenses of 259 drivers who violated traffic rules more than five times to the Department of Transport Management for suspension.

KATHMANDU, Dec 25: Embossed number plates, which are considered important for vehicle safety, have been installed only on 35,000 vehicles in six years.

KATHMANDU, Dec 17: Kathmandu Valley Traffic Police Office (KVTPO) has sent 60 driving licenses to the Department of Transport Management (DoTM) recommending their suspension from November 17 to December 15.

KATHMANDU, OCT 16: The Department of Transport Management (DoTM), in a bid to distribute 1.2 million smart license cards, has called for bidding from the interested firms.

KATHMANDU, The government has withdrawn its decision to make the installation of embossed number plates on all old and new vehicles within mid-July after widespread criticism. However, the government has decided to make it mandatory for all vehicles registered after November 17, 2021 to get embossed number plates.

KATHMANDU, June 6: The Department of Transport Management has issued a notice to affix embossed number plates to all vehicles of Bagmati Province within the next one and a half months. According to reports, the number of vehicles registered in the province until mid-November of 2021 alone is more than 1.7 million.

KATHMANDU, Jan 28: Minister for Labor, Employment and Transport Ghanshyam Dahal of Bagmati Province has directed the officials to digitize the written files in the department of transport management.

KATHMANDU, Jan 10: The Department of Transport Management (DoTM) has made the embossed number plate system mandatory for all vehicles applying for the renewal of their registrations from January 15.

KATHMANDU, Dec 11: The Transport Management Office at Ekantakuna is yet to distribute some 70,000 driving licenses. The Department of Transport Management (DoTM) has stated that it has sent all the smart driving license cards to the offices concerned for distribution after it cleared its backlog during the COVID-19 pandemic.

KATHMANDU, Sept 12: The Department of Transport Management has decided to resume renewal of driving licenses.

KATHMANDU, July 5: The Department of Transport Management (DoTM) has yet again called on vehicle owners to get embossed number plates for their vehicles. The distribution of embossed number plates drew a number of controversies in the past.

KATHMANDU, March 12: Bowing to protest by the Nepal Meter Taxi Entrepreneurs Association (NMTEA), the Department of Transport Management issued an official notice on Wednesday banning the use of private vehicles by paying passengers.

KATHMANDU, Feb 28: More than 240,000 smart driving licenses have been printed so far as part of the government's drive to issue around 800,000 licenses for the time being.

Way too slow

February 13, 2020 10:19 am

Acquiring driving license after passing the driving test should be predictable. But vast majority of applicants here have to wait for months on end to get them even though they have completed all the required processes.

KATHMANDU, Feb 12: Though the Department of Transport Management (DoTM) said on December 16 that the backlog of applications for smart driving license will be cleared in 'four-five months', more than 600,000 people are still to get driving license.

KATHMANDU, Dec 11: The Department of Transport Management (DoTM) had started operation of mass printer nearly a month ago and during that time the backlog of smart driving license was 600,000 to 700,000 and now after a month of operation of mass printer the backlog still remains the same.

KATHMANDU, Dec 16: The Department of Transport Management (DoTM) has claimed that the smart driving licenses backlog will be cleared within four or five months.

Taxi association warns of strikes

November 28, 2019 08:58 am

KATHMANDU, Nov 28: Nepal Meter Taxi Entrepreneur’s Association (NMTEA), an umbrella organization of registered taxi operators, has warned of strike after the government allowed operation of ride-sharing services and also announced that it would bring ride-sharing services under the ambit of the law.

Govt again bans ride hailing services

November 21, 2019 08:09 am

KATHMANDU, Nov 21: The government has banned the use of private vehicles for public transport, apparently with a view to restrict various popular ride-hailing services currently in operation in Kathmandu Valley.

Finding your license a matter of luck

November 7, 2019 07:13 am

KATHMANDU, Nov 7: It’s been a ritual for Manoj Waiba to visit the Department of Transport Management (DoTM) branch since he filed an application for renewal of his driving license two years ago. Every time he visits the DoTM’s Sukedhara branch, he is given bundles of cards and is asked to search through hundreds of cards to find his card.

KATHMANDU, Oct 22: The Department of Transport Management (DoTM) is yet to operate the mass printer for printing smart license cards, which it had brought from India in August. The delay in using the mass printer has led to increasing backlogs of smart license cards.

Mass printers not supplied as yet

July 25, 2019 14:30 pm

KATHMANDU, July 25: The 'mass printer' which the government had ordered have not been dispatched yet.

KATHMANDU, June 7: The Department of Transport Management (DoTM) has recently issued a 15-day ultimatum to all the electric scooter owners in the Kathmandu Valley to get their vehicles registered at the department.

KATHMANDU, March 5:  Even though the government started checking pollution condition of the vehicles since mid-August last year, the pollution created by vehicle emissions has gone unabated.

THE WEEK IN PICTURES

November 24, 2018 18:40 pm

The week in pictures November 18-24

KATHMANDU, Nov 1: Although the Department of Transport Management (DOTM) announced last week that printing of 600,000 smart driving licenses would be completed within 45 days, the actual printing work of the licenses has yet to begin due to some technical snags.

Route permit open from today

October 10, 2018 09:38 am

KATHMANDU, Oct 10: The Department of Transport Management has opened route permit for public vehicles from today.

KATHMANDU, Sept 22: With the country’s biggest festival Dashain nearing, people are in dilemma about planning their visit to their home-towns as bus ticket bookings have not opened yet.

KATHMANDU, Sept 18: With the Dashain festival nearing, bus entrepreneurs have decided to open bookings from Thursday. Transport entrepreneurs agreed to do so after the Department of Transport Management (DoTM) agreed to address their demands of revising transport fares and unfreezing their bank accounts.