Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari visited several key offices and road control centres during a two-day visit to the UK this week, and informed senior business representatives of India’s plans for safety and investment plans in transport infrastructure.
During an interactive session with the UK India Business Council and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Gadkari set out the plans for investment, particularly for multi-modal transport infrastructure.
Gadkari visited the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in Swansea and offices of Transport for London (TfL), which is responsible for transport systems in London. He also had a bilateral meeting with Business secretary Vince Cable.
Escorted in one of London’s historic and iconic vehicles, the Routemaster Bus, he was informed of the inspection, maintenance and testing facilities of the Ministry of Transport at Stockwell Bus Garage, official sources here said on Thursday.
At Swansea, Gadkari was briefed about vehicle registration and systems, automated first registration, updates to vehicle keeper changes and Automatic Number Plate Recognition. He was also informed about the work of Driver and Vehicle Standard Agency (DVSA), including driver testing and training, next generation testing and next generation enforcement.
During his visit to offices of Transport for London (TfL), Garrett Emmerson, chief operating officer-surface transport, informed him about the Congestion Charging, Automatic Number Plate Recognition, Revenue Collection and Intelligent Transport Systems.
He was also shown the usage of CCTV cameras for monitoring offences and security.