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Driver’s licence

Published Jul 19, 2012 10:10pm


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THIS is apropos of Dr Jahanzeb Effendi’s and Riaz Qureshi’s letter on ‘Driver’s licence’. I also went to get my driving licence renewed at the police driving licence office in Clifton.

I was made to stand in glaring sunshine outside a shanty which did not have any proper lights. A person holding a stick in his hand asked me to read the last line of an eye-testing chart.

On reading it, he promptly failed me. I protested the procedure adopted by the doctor, as the lighting was so bad that I could hardly read anything.

I informed him that the optometrist at Aga Khan Hospital had said that my visions for both long and short distance were perfect after testing my eyes.

I was asked to go to the police hospital located in the Garden area. The doctor there was extremely polite. After testing my eyesight, he said that my vision was perfect.

I regret having paid Rs500 for an eye test at the police driving licence office. Besides, I wasted so much time and energy by going there.

The officers responsible for taking photos in the same office were not only cooperative but also helpful in rechecking the entries contained in my driving licence.

I request the authorities concerned to appoint a qualified optometrist, install proper eye-testing equipment along with proper lighting inside a room meant for testing eyes.

Besides, the police driving licence department is charging extremely high renewal fee which should be minimised.

A CITIZEN (Name withheld on request) Karachi


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Comments (9) Closed

raj Jul 20, 2012 02:05pm
Problem is You will not be covered by insurance
Salman Jul 20, 2012 10:10am
My experience of getting licence in Pakistan and Indonesia. In Pakistan, my first license (Manual) was courtesy of Driving School. The new one was via agent, where we only had to show up for photograph. Have renewed since myself and found staff very polite. In Indonesia, we pay the agent and in one hour have the license. No questions/tests. Pakistan license is more than enough.
Baba Sidni Jul 19, 2012 11:11pm
I have to tell my story of getting driving license at 3 different countries, which proves to me that only Pakistan government offices are not bad. I learnt how to drive while was in United States. I went for a driving license to the responsible authorities, and they after taking the test, issued me the license on my first attempt. After a few years, after completing my studies, I came back to Pakistan and applied for a license at Lahore office. I was asked to do a very long list of tasks, although I showed them my American driving license. Then I decided to stick to the advice given by my friends, and asked one of my connected friends to get me a driving license. He promptly got me a license from one of the smaller towns. After a few years, I migrated to Australia (another long story), here I went to the local traffic authorities, they saw the Pakistani license, asked me to perform a simple question-answer test, did my eye sight check and issued me an unrestricted license. I have seen many other fellows getting their licenses, by showing them fake licenses from Pakistan, and then learn how to drive. Now whenever I visit Pakistan, I carry my Austr
BNS Jul 20, 2012 12:20am
It was heartening to know that there still are some responsible citizens who try to follow the process. I got mine in 1982 from the same office following all their requirements and tests and did not meet a second person till today who did the same the same way. Everyone paid someone and got driver's license at home.
Sam Jul 20, 2012 04:12am
Why you are trying to do things in Pakistan the hard way?Why not just drive without license and bribe the officer who stops you and demands license.
asim Jul 20, 2012 10:26am
just like India
ahmed Jul 20, 2012 07:40am
That is Karachi. Peshawar has similar problems. This country is not for poor and middle class people.
Sam Jul 20, 2012 09:56am
For Australia and USA you really need driving license but for Pakistan its just a formality or not needed document.Just pay bribe to officer stopping you and you will have no problems in Pakistan
Syed Qaseem Ali Jul 20, 2012 06:32pm
I had my license made for the first time myself, without paying anything other than the prescribed fee. I also had it renewed the same way. Sure it took me 3-4 hours and an extra day. But I was happy to see that one CAN get it without bribe if one wants to, and has a lot of extra time on his hands, which I fortunately had in each attempt.