Only 6 doctors available to check fitness of aspirant drivers

KARACHI: At least four doctors at each branch of Karachi Licence Department are needed to conduct medical tests of large number of applicants who are applying for learner licences as well as for permanent licences but due to shortage of doctors, only two doctors are working in each licence branch that is obviously consuming more time of visitors who wait in long queues for their turn, said DIG Karachi Licence Department Aftab Pathan on Wednesday.

Talking to PPI, The DIG said they have already written a letter to Secretary of Health Department, government of Sindh, and IGP Sindh Police requesting them to increase the strength of doctors in each licence branch so that the smooth process of issuance of driving licences could be ensured.

The DIG told that some doctors were called from the Karachi Police Hospital to work in Karachi Licence Department to cater the rush of new applicants that was increased after the announcement of campaign against drivers without licences by enforcement section of traffic police two months back in the city but these doctors have now been called back to work at their original posting again.

Aftab Pathan said they have already written an official letter to IGP Sindh Police and sent its copy to the Home Department requested them to issue licence department a 30 percent of funds of the fees paid by applicants for licences so that they can utilize these funds on renovation of licence branches and so that the required civic facilities could be made available for the visitors. He said it is the duty of government to take public issues seriously.

There are hundreds of thousands of people wanting driving licenses in Karachi and availability of only six doctors to check their fitness is a cruel joke for Karachiites.