- Veröffentlicht: 01. Oktober 2019
Having multiple licences issued in different states would soon be a thing of the past, as the Union transport ministry is coming up with e-register where data from entire country would be available. The move is aimed at curbing the menace of duplicate/ multiple licences.
“Now, if you’re having a licence issued in a city of Maharashtra and apply for another one from any other state, it will be immediately detected in computer system as entire data has been compiled in an e-register. In India, over 30% drivers are having duplicate or multiple licences. In several cases it has been detected that some people had secured licence from another state after their ‘original’ licence was confiscated by authorities. The new system would curb such practice. With stricter monitoring and hike in penalties, there’s 20% jump in number of licence seekers,” Gadkari told TOI in an exclusive chat.
Even driving tests for issuing licence would be fully computerized and data would be available across all Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) in the country. “We’ve already collected most of data for RTO-related activities through our portal Vahan, a flagship e-governance application under national transport project,” Gadkari said.
The portal has information of all vehicle registrations, fitness, permit and licences. It collates entire information of vehicle users in the country for easy access to RTO authorities, citizens and helps in reducing human interface.
Questioning those, including some states, protesting against steep increase in fines for traffic violations in amended Motor Vehicles Act, 2019, the two-time city MP said those who do not violate rules don’t have to be afraid of the fines. “Only those flouting rules will have to pay the fine. Those who obey rules and carry all valid documents like licence, insurance papers and vehicle registration papers, etc, can ride fearlessly,” he said.
Denying any opposition to the amended MV Act, Gadkari said it was passed by voice vote in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. The minister reiterated that states were granted powers to fix the fine amount. “The old Act lasted for three decades and new one has been planned for next 30 years. We’ve fixed fines ranging from Rs500 to Rs5,000 and allowed states to decide the reasonable fine amount. It’s their (states) prerogative to reduce or hike the fine as and when required. They don’t need to come to us for it every time,” the minister said.
Defending steep fines, the minister said the hike was not meant to earn revenue for the central and state governments, but to act as deterrent for the violators. “In India, there is no respect for the law and its enforcers. Some people say they wouldn’t pay fine as condition of roads is not good. This is unacceptable. Of course, roads should be in good condition and there should penalties against erring contractors. But you can’t go on violating rules under the pretext of bad roads,” Gadkari said.
On spurt in demand for helmets and registration for licences and other documents, Gadkari said it is a welcome sign. “Citizens are realizing the importance of following rules. Every year, many youngsters, particularly in the age group of 18-35 years, lose life in accidents. About five lakh accidents take place in the country every year in which over 1.5 lakh die and 2.3 lakh get injured, which is unfortunate,” he added.
- Over 30% drivers possess duplicate or multiple licences
- E-register system will help detect such multiple licences
- 20% jump in number of licence seekers in country
- Motorists who follow rules don’t have to fear anything
- Only those who flout rules would dread of paying fines
- In general, there is no respect for law and its enforcers
- Can’t go on violating rules under pretext of bad roads
- Amended Act has been planned for next 30 years
Upload vehicle documents on mobile apps, no need to carry them physically: Gadkari The Union minister advised all motorists to take benefit of technology by uploading all documents related to vehicle in various mobile apps, including Vahan, Digi Locker and others. “Besides licence, you can even upload documents like insurance policy, vehicle registration papers and pollution under control (PUC). When traffic cops demand, just show them those documents. You don’t need to carry physical copies of all these documents every time,” Gadkari told TOI.
Autor(en)/Author(s): Vaibhav Ganjapure & Ashish Roy
Quelle/Source: The Times of India, 24.09.2019