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Maharashtra launches smart card licences for 'paperless travel'

Maharashtra transport department on Sunday morning officially inaugurated the new smart card motor driving licences, reports Rajendra Aklekar.

india Updated: Dec 10, 2006 22:54 IST

You won't have to maintain documents, cards and files while you travel from Monday. In a move to encourage paperless travel, the Maharashtra transport department on Sunday morning officially inaugurated the new smart card motor driving licences and optical strip-enabled certificates of registration (RC Book).

Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh who also holds the transport portfolio, was the first recipient of the smart card driving licence at a function held at the Tardeo RTO in central Mumbai on Sunday morning.

"It is a move that will help curb malpractices like forged licences and false entries in the vehicle's registration book. No one will be able to tamper with the licence or duplicate signatures and misuse it. The licence and the RC Book will have a small 4kb memory chip and the authorities will be able to get a list of all the traffic offence history and other background details with these two cards," Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh said.

"The card is going to bring about a revolutionary change in the state's road transport scenario. It will capture an individual's driving habits on the card, by making available a list of traffic offences and it will help us grade drivers. Those with least traffic offences on the card will be considered the best among them," GS Gill, Maharashtra's transport secretary said.

"The new licences will require a person to compulsorily come down to our office to get photographed. The real time photograph will be saved in our database and replicated on the card issued." "This will make touts and agents very difficult to operate as no passport-size photographs and documents will do, but only a personal visit," Maharashtra transport commissioner Shyamsunder D Shinde told HT.