In a significant move, the Punjab government has recently announced a substantial revision in driving licence fees, unveiling a staggering 1000% increase across the board. This decision, communicated by traffic police officials, is set to take effect from January 1, 2024, reshaping the financial landscape for motorists and learners alike.
Learner’s Licence: Annual Transition
Effective immediately, the learner’s licence undergoes a noteworthy transformation. Formerly priced at 60 rupees for a 5-year term, it will now be charged at 500 rupees annually. This adjustment aims to align fees with contemporary standards and contribute to the enhancement of road safety education for new drivers.
Motorcycle Licences: From 5-Year to Annual
Motorcycle enthusiasts will also experience a shift in fee structures. Previously, a 5-year motorcycle licence priced at 550 rupees will now transition to an annual fee of 500 rupees. This change extends to motorcycle rickshaws, ensuring uniformity in the fee structure and fostering compliance with updated regulations.
Motorcar-Jeep and Transport Licences: Annual Charges Surge
The adjustments are not limited to two-wheelers. Motorcar-Jeep licences witness a substantial increase from 950 rupees for 5 years to an annual charge of 1800 rupees. Light transport, previously priced at 950 rupees for 5 years, will now require an annual payment of 2000 rupees. Heavy transport, tractor, and commercial tractor licences follow suit, shifting from 5-year fees to annual charges ranging from 1000 to 2000 rupees.
Inclusivity: Waiving Fees for Disabled Persons
In a commendable move towards inclusivity, the 5-year licence fee for disabled persons, previously 20 rupees, has been abolished. This decision aims to alleviate financial burdens on this specific category, aligning with principles of social responsibility.
Public Service Vehicles: A Substantial Adjustment
Public service vehicle fees undergo a substantial adjustment, escalating from a 5-year fee of 450 rupees to an annual payment of 1500 rupees. For other categories, driving licence fees experience a noteworthy surge from 100 to 1000 rupees.
A Decades-Long Shift: 1000% Increase After Two Decades
Traffic police officials reveal that these fee adjustments mark a significant 1000% increase after two decades. This underscores the necessity for a comprehensive reevaluation of fee structures to cater to the evolving needs of the populace and ensure the sustainability of road infrastructure.
To ensure widespread awareness, an advertisement detailing the revised fees will be published shortly. As we navigate through these changes, it becomes imperative for motorists and learners alike to stay informed and adapt to the evolving financial landscape of driving licences in Punjab.