Heavy Rush for Driver's License at Patna's DTO Office

People waiting in line to get their learner's license in Patna on Wednesday.

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Patna: With Patna police cracking down on drivers without licenses and imposing hefty fines on those flouting the traffic laws, Patna'ites swarmed the District Transport Office (DTO) on Wednesday to obtain license or to get learner's license to avoid becoming a victim in the hands of the Keystone Cops.

Patna: With Patna police cracking down on drivers without licenses and imposing hefty fines on those flouting the traffic laws, Patna'ites swarmed the District Transport Office (DTO) on Wednesday to obtain license or to get learner's license to avoid becoming a victim in the hands of the Keystone Cops.

By 9:00 am, there were more than 100 people in the line at the DTO office – some to renew their license while many others who had been driving for much too long without a valid license.

Rush at DTO office in Patna on Wednesday.Rush at DTO office in Patna on Wednesday.

With so much load on the network, the system at one point failed and did not come back for the next two hours. Even after that, the network speed was so slow that it was taking twice as much time to process one application than it would otherwise take on a normal day.

Lack of air-conditioning and sweltering temperature outside, applicants, standing in the line for over 2-3 hours, were seen wiping their sweat while hanging on to their water bottles for the entire ordeal.

As per a DTO official, despite the network link failure for over two hours, 1389 people applied for learner's license forcing the office to keep it open for an extra hour.

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