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Smart cards to track serial traffic offenders

india Updated: May 30, 2009 01:16 IST
Ketaki Ghoge

Serial traffic offenders, beware. By June-end, the Mumbai traffic police and the Road Transport Office will be able to punch in details of your car registration and driving licence in smart card readers of new car owners and licence holders in Mumbai. It will list your past traffic blunders.

The state Home Department, also in charge of transport, is looking at a centralised computerised database for the Road Transport Office and the Mumbai Traffic police.

So, all details of car registration — ownership, insurance, chassis number — and licence will be stored in a central database and shared by the two traffic entities.

“We are looking at a single-window system for RTO and Traffic police, where information is shared and traffic offences made more stringent and yet hassle- free,’’ said Chandra Iyengar, additional chief secretary (home).

Besides ensuring better traffic discipline, this can also keep a check on car thefts, discourage habitual offenders and allow for future electronic tolling systems.

Initially, the system would apply to cars registered from 2007 as they have electronic registration cards and new smart card licences.

“We have already got 10 smart card readers and trained staff to use them,” said Transport Commissioner Deepak Kapoor. He added that they would get another 400 such readers by June-end and some of them would be shared with the Traffic police.

“There has been no sharing of data between transport and traffic police departments. Such a project is the need of the hour,” said Narinder Nayar of Bombay First, a private sector initiative to improve the city’s economic and social infrastructure.

Bombay First, which is helping in the database project, along with infotech firms — TCS and Mastek — will chalk out a detailed proposal for the database project.