The Check Post Management System (CPMS) was initially introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic as a necessary tool to monitor inter-district movement of people. While the system is still in use across the country, commuters passing through the Rinchending checkpoint and the border gate in Phuentshogling have raised concerns over lengthy processes and long queues at the check post. Despite this, officials at the checkpoint maintain that the CPMS has been effective in curbing road safety issues. In recent months, several drivers have been caught using fake documents, prompting authorities to take legal action against them.
The Rinchending checkpoint is one of the main checkpoints in Phuentshogling. Thousands of vehicles pass by this checkpoint every day. Police here say they have recorded about 20 cases of people using the licences of other people since the opening of border gates.
Since September of last year, the two check posts in Phuentshogling caught about 40 individuals using fake licences and citizenship identity cards.
While some might consider these acts minor, officials warn that they constitute deceptive practice and can result in a criminal record for the offender. Many people may be unaware of the consequences of using fake documents, according to officials.
Under the Penal Code of Bhutan, deceptive practice is considered a petty misdemeanour and can lead to imprisonment for one month to a year.
In addition to cases of Bhutanese citizens using fake documents, there have also been instances of Indian nationals using forged documents at the check posts.
Upon discovery of such cases, officials at the check posts forward the offenders to nearby police stations, who then file charge sheets and take legal action.
Apart from this, police said the checkpoint management system has helped them track down unlicensed driving. They say it has reduced road safety issues.
Unlicensed driving is the leading traffic offence in the country. Officials said the system further helps in monitoring drink driving, and it is helpful in times of motor vehicle accidents.
Kinley Dem, Phuentshogling
Edited by Sherub Dorji