Driving licence gets smarter

The scheme will be implemented at all 55 Regional Transport Offices

(From left) Commissioner for Transport Bhasker Rao, Transport Minister R Ashok and Principal Secretary Shankarlinge Gowda at the inauguration of Computerisation and Smart Card Driving License and Registration Certificate Project in Bangalore. Dh Photo

To be implemented at all the 55 Regional Transport Offices (ROTs) in the State under a public-private-partnership (PPP) scheme, the department hopes to introduce/issue driving licence (DL) cards and vehicle registration certificates (RC) in smart card format from next month onwards.
The scheme will be implemented in Bangalore on pilot basis, followed by its introduction in other parts of the State too.
 Inaugurating the project, the minister said, “It is scheduled to be implemented in all the offices of the State by the end of September 2009. An agreement in this regard was entered into with Rosmerta Technologies Pvt Ltd of New Delhi in February. An amendment has been made in the rules to gradually phase out the existing paper DL and RC books. A total of 1,500 computers and 800 printers have been installed in RTO’s to implement the project.”
The full-fledged PM unit established at the office of the Commissioner for Transport in M S Building will oversee its implementation across all RTO’s. Ashok further said the PM unit has been constituted under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner for Transport (Bangalore Division) to supervise day-to-day implementation and operations of the project.
“A representative from the private company, technical Officers from National Informatics Centre (NIC) and representatives from Transport Department will work in the unit,” the minister added.
Training to officers
Under the project, the transport department also hopes to train about 5,000 police officers, including motor vehicle inspectors, excise and forest department officials on the smart card system, after which they would be provided smart card readers to decode date. Over 75 lakh new vehicles in the State will benefit from the new scheme.
The training centre has facility to train 20 Officials. Over a period of time the centre would impart training to over 2,000 staff of the transport department and 100 technical consultants on various subjects.

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