Handheld device to track vehicles

The ministry is developing handheld devices which enable the reading of the data on the chip-embedded smart driving licence and the electronic registration certificate issued by the states. The ministry hopes this will help prevent theft of vehicles and forgery of documents.

Most states are in the process of digitalising traffic records. Once it is complete, it will be connected with the national data centre based in Delhi.

The ministry will give the handheld device to the authorities concerned—police and regional transport officials—to enable them to trace the history of a vehicle, including details such as the names of the owners, registration certificate and accidents in any part of the country, by just surfing the device.

Rs 148-cr project

“The introduction of the new device is part of a mega project of the ministry, which includes computerisation and digitalisation of all vehicle records in the entire country,” a senior official in the ministry told Deccan Herald.

The ministry hopes to complete the process by mid 2012.

The National Informatics Centre is developing the project at a cost of Rs 148 crore. The project also involves the data of the migration of vehicles from one state to another and the issue of smart driving licences in the states.

The ministry in its recent meeting with state transport commissioners had asked them to expedite the process of the rollout of the new chip-embedded driving licences, which include details of the drivers apart from their earlier traffic offences, sources in the Union Road Transport and Highways Ministry said.

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