Transport Dept to go high-tech
GK NEWS NETWORK
Jammu, Feb 2: Jammu and Kashmir Transport Department will soon go high-tech with introduction of Smart Card, microprocessor based chip card, for driving licenses and registration certificates of vehicles. Official sources said the implementation of government’s decision to introduce Smart Card system was discussed at a meeting here Tuesday under the chairmanship of Minister for Transport and CAPD, Qamar Ali Akhoon. Smart card based system will be introduced by the Motor Vehicles Department for registration of vehicles and driving licenses, officials said adding the matter was under process for four years past. Officials have been asked to take steps to implement the system across at the earliest.
Once introduced, Smart Card will provide tamper proof storage of data about the Driving License and Registration Certificate of vehicles. Even if any body is found violating any traffic regulation, a computerized entry can be made in his license with the help of a computer and the licenses will be cancelled after three entries.
The Smart Card is a type of chip card, a plastic card, embedded with a con chip that stores and transacts data between users. The data may be in the form of photograph or information or both within its memory. The card contains an embedded microprocessor under a gold contact pad on one side of the card.
The office of Transport Commissioner had reportedly initiated the process for implementation of the system in 2004 and even some basic equipment were procured for testing purposes, sources told Greater Kashmir. They added that the process faced a major roadblock due to the lack of coordination between the TC office and National Informatics Center. “The system for issuance of driving license and registration needs complete overhaul before it is introduced”, an employee of Transport Department pleading anonymity said. He said computerized driving licenses were being issued for more than five years but till now the licenses for commercial vehicles could not be computerized and were being issued manually.
It was decided the Government Order No 39 TR of 2008 dated 28.05.2008 would be implemented to provide ex-gratia relief to accident victims. The department will buy portable weigh bridges to check overloading. The Government has realized Rs. 72.54 crore in Transport Sector sofar this year against a target of Rs. 89.30 crore.
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