Now, get SMSes on road safety

Traffic department launches push messaging system
Last Updated 17 September 2014, 18:40 IST

After mobile updates on traffic from Bangalore Traffic Police, now get ready to receive SMSes on road safety from the Transport Department. The department launched its push SMS system on Wednesday.

According to officials, there are around 1.33 crore registered vehicles in Karnataka and the department had six lakh mobile numbers of the vehicle owners to whom text messages will be sent.

The SMSes pertain to road safety, air and noise pollution and any new rules or norms framed by the department. Those who wish to receive these messages can register their mobile numbers at their respective regional transport offices.

Not only this, as part of the mobile governance initiative, soon the citizens will be able to check the validity of their vehicle's pollution certificate through a web application by logging on to either the Karnataka government’s website or Transport department's portal- http://rto.kar.nic.in or http://karnatakapuc.in.

Lodging complaints on registration of vehicles, polluting vehicles etc will be made more easy soon with the launch of an app by name “Social Cop.”

Speaking at the launch of the push SMS system, Transport Commissioner Dr Ramegowda said that these mobile governance tolls would be helpful for the citizens as well as the department.

The commissioner said that the department has collected Rs 20 crore as fine during its drive to recover life tax from non-Karnataka registered vehicles.

Officials said that since April, as many as 72,993 such vehicles were checked of which 4,584 vehicles were booked and 1,076 vehicles were seized. In total, the department has collected Rs 60 crore as penalty for traffic violations. As many as 11 lakh vehicles were checked and 1.11 lakh were booked for various violations during the drive.

The commissioner said that complaints on harassment by the officials of Transport department could be made on his contact number -9845199170.

Additional Chief Secretary P B Ramamurthy said that over one lakh women who work in garment factories at Nelamangala, Doddaballapur, Magadi, Ramanagara and  Kolar were dependent on public transport, autorickshaws and maxicabs to reach their workplaces.
A survey will be conducted in a month to identify the industrial clusters with maximum workforce to explore the possibility of introducing “women only” bus services either by the BMTC or KSRTC.

(Published 17 September 2014, 18:40 IST)

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