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Smart driving licences for all ministers

The state Transport Department will give away ‘smart card’ driving licences to all ministers, Members of Parliament (MPs) and Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) who are registered in Mumbai.

mumbai Updated: Mar 25, 2010 01:27 IST
Shashank Rao

The state Transport Department will give away ‘smart card’ driving licences to all ministers, Members of Parliament (MPs) and Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) who are registered in Mumbai.

“All ministers, MPs and MLAs who have driving licenses will be given this new smart driving card,” said an official from the Transport department.

The cards will be issued to them irrespective of the political parties one belongs to.

There will be fresh registration at Mumbai Central RTO for those politicians who fall under the requisite specifications mentioned. This will mean that the current registration of driving license will have to be transferred from the respective RTOs in the state where they had applied, to Mumbai Central RTO.

This means that even those politicians who have driving licence registered at a RTO in interior Maharashtra, will get a new driving licence.

The event will be held at Aamdar Niwas, Churchgate, where all MPs, MLAs and MLCs who show their existing driving licence will be given a smart card in two days. However, the officials did not say what was the purpose of the entire process.

Transport Commissioner Dilip Jadhav said: “It is not that we are promoting the smart card. These MPs and MLAs have a facility to have smart driving licence cards and so we are giving them. Those who already have a card would not be given a new one.”

Others have to pay about Rs 200 for getting a smart card driving licence.

The scheme, launched in December 2006, gives a smart card chip license with computerised registration to those applying for a driving licence.

The smart card licence carries a photograph, thumb impression and signature of the driver. The driver’s vehicle too will be embedded with a memory chip detailing past offences committed by the cardholder, if any.