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Smart e-card to knock DL out!

india Updated: Nov 06, 2006 00:18 IST

THE TRANSPORT Department is planning to replace the existing driving licences with “Smart Cards” (e-cards) to obviate the possibility of one tampering with one’s vehicle papers. The new cards are likely to be introduced from the next financial year.

“We are planning introduction of Smart Cards from April 1,”  principal secretary (transport), Rajemdra Bhunwal told the HT Lucknow Live. He said that the Government had already received a proposal from the transport department and was busy making a policy with regard to inviting tenders etc.

To be designed as per the specifications of Smart Card Operating System for Transport Applications (SCOSTA), the smart driving license cards akin to ATM cards or credit cards will fitted with a micro processor chip of  4 KB capacity. The checking transport staff will put the card into a hand-held computer, and the all the details of the card holder will immediately flash on the computer screen. 

These cards will have visual and machine readable zones. The visual zone will have name, photo, age, address etc of the card holder whereas machine zone will have holder’s finger prints, his complete history and a provision for endorsement. “The proposed cards will prevent one  from giving false information or showing forged documents,” claimed transport department’s finance controller, Prabhu Dayal.

If fact, the transport department had initiated the move of introduction of Smart Cards a few years back but the matter had been pending court ever since a private firm raised some questions over the tenders invited by the transport department.