KATHMANDU: The Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD) has confiscated more than 1,400 driving licenses obtained within the last three months from the Kathmandu Valley.
"Licenses mostly used by taxi drivers, bus drivers, truck drivers and tempo drivers are found to be fake", said SP Rabi Raj Shrestha of MTPD.
It has been revealed that most of those licenses were issued by the Department of Transport Management.
The traffic police has apprehended 60 drivers in conncetion with the crime. The perpetrators have been sent to the Metropolitan Police Range for further investigation, Shrestha said.
"Out of 1,477 licenses we examined, 1,407 were fake and only 70 were original," said SP Shrestha.
Meanwhile, Jay Bahadur, a taxi driver acknowledged that the fake licenses were available at a price nowadays after the Department of Transport Management started issuing licenses instead of the Traffic Police.
"They ask for extra money in order to issue such a license," he said, adding, "Even a person who does not know how to ride a bicycle has a driving license in his pocket these days."
When asked, Director of the Department of Transport Management, Sarad Poudel said the department had no clue about it.
"If and when we come to know the truth behind who is issuing these fake licenses from our office, we will definitely take action," he added.
Bhim Khadka, a taxi-driver, charged that the record system at the department is in a bad shape and the staffers there are least bothered about maintaining transparency.
"Staffers are just there freely earning money issuing fake licenses", he alleged.