Digital drive: Soon you won't need to carry original driving licence, RC, insurance

Excerpt from ZeeBiz
Updated on Jul 18, 2018 ||

Traffic Police often checks our vehicle documents on roads on multiple occasions. There can be various reasons for them to ask for your documents including drink and drive, speeding, signal tempering and many more. While these are some of the important procedures followed by officers, there can be concerns or problems in carrying a hard copy for drivers all the time. But guess what! In a major good news, soon this tension will be eliminated from the driving class, as a new traffic rules are expected to be invoked in which carrying your car identification data can be done digitally.

As per Times of India report, the Centre will soon amend the Motor Vehicle Rules according to which authorities will have to accept the digital versions of the vehicle documents like insurance and pollution under control (PUC).

Reportedly, the road transport ministry will issue an advisory on this matter in the next couple of days. Other than that, the road transport ministry also proposed that trucks need to carry construction material in a closed body or container. If for some reason the container cannot be closed, then the goods should be covered with an appropriate and suitable material like tarpaulin.

Such decisions have been taken keeping in mind environmental concerns.

Furthermore, the ministry is even planning to launch a mobile app named as FASTags, where they can have vehicle tracking system and sticking reflective tapes on all National permit vehicles as a method of safety.

It is being known that, every new commercial vehicles are mandatory to go through such test. As for old vehicles, they have to go through this test once every two years compared to every year currently. It needs to be noted, that old vehicles means used for up to eight years.

FASTag mandatory for new cars from December 1st

By Mayank Srivastav
Updated on Nov 10, 2017 ||

Come December 1 and it will be mandatory for all new four-wheelers to have FASTag devices fixed on the front windscreens by automobile manufacturers or authorised dealers.

A FASTag is a device that employs radio frequency identification (RFID) technology for making toll payments directly from the prepaid or savings account linked to it. It is affixed on the windscreen of the vehicle and enables the commuter to drive through toll plazas, without stopping for cash transactions.

“...Motor Vehicles sold on and after December 1, 2017 shall be fitted with FASTag as may be specified by the central government, from time to time by the manufacturer of the vehicle or its authorised dealer, as the case may be,” a notification issued by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said on Thursday.

The tag can be purchased from tag issuers and if it is linked to the prepaid account then the vehicle owner is required to recharge/top up the tag as per requirement.

FASTag is presently operational at about 370 toll plazas across National Highways. The system is inter-operable and the same FASTag can be used across all toll plazas under the National Electronic Toll Collection (NETC) programme.

Carry original license from Sept 1 to drive in TN

By Trisha S
Updated on Sept 02, 2017 ||

CHENNAI: The State government has made it mandatory for drivers to carry their original licences from September 1. Addressing reporters at Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) headquarters, where a review meeting on road safety was held, Transport Minister MR Vijayabhaskar said drivers will need to carry their original licence from September 1.

He said there have been instances when drivers carry photocopies of licences, even though they might have been temporarily suspended or revoked. “This measure was taken after consultation with senior traffic police officials. It will help reduce accidents,” the minister said.

DaddysRoad showcase in US

By Linda Susan
Updated on April 21, 2017 ||

After a three-month bootcamp for the first cohort, Taiwan Accelerator (TA) hosted the Taipei Demo Day on April 13, followed by a investor roadshow in the United States on both east coast and west coast. It is the first time a Taiwan-based accelerator supports Asian startups to conduct investor roadshow in the United States.

Gap between IT growth and Indians senseless vehicle driving

By Linda Susan
Updated on March 03, 2017 ||

If you are an Indian and hence reside in this country, answer a question honestly. How many times in a week do you notice a road mishap occurring? Well, if your answer is honest then it has to be a freaking lot of times. The sole reason behind this is one just cannot associate civic sense, social responsibility and mostly patience with a fellow Indian. It is this sense or rather nonsensical behavior of every Indian that is creating all this havoc on the road in spite of the advancement of IT and the boundless benefits one can reap of it.

The real problem

We as fellow Indians are often subject to severe road accidents that injure, harm or even kill the persons involved. It seems like Indians have not really acquired any basic driving sense although vehicles are something that you will hardly miss in any road or alley of this country. The basic problem lies actually in the mindset of the people. They tend to forget the simple fact that it is more important to learn how to properly use an object rather than actually owning the object.

Fame, money and freedom are things that come with added responsibility. One must know how to use them before actually owning them. The same can be said with respect to liberty, using it efficiently is the key. The people of India seem to be completely oblivious to this fact. There are cases of road accidents in India where there is a car, which is equipped with all the heavy IT based technology one can afford, and yet it ends up ramming against a tree or in worse cases running over fellow pedestrians. The actual problem lies in the mindset. The people of India seem to driving with a mindset of reaching their destination as fast as possible disregarding any civic sense of who rightfully deserves to go first and what rules must one follow on the road.

Let us delve deeper..

As we delve deeper into the problem, we shall notice many underlying reasons that actually cause the surfacing problems. If we look at the bigger picture we shall notice that there has been no basic training of the people on civic and social courtesies. People do not really understand the essence of being patient. Even on other fronts one can easily notice the redundant behavior of the people here. Like in public service booths we observe that the people are reluctant to form a proper queue while obtaining the service instead they tend to form sub-queues and branches rather than joining the original one. This reluctant behavior is also observable on the road where even if the road is packed to the side and there is no way to actually make room, some people will idiotically keep honking asking the driver in front of them to make adequate room so that his highness can pass through without any difficulty. Some would continuously try to squeeze in the tiniest gap visible between vehicles.

Another malicious behavior frequently observed by Indian drivers is the complete disregard to lane discipline. Overtaking the vehicle in front seems to be the current trend and not doing so will make you a lame driver if not a stupid one. No one seems to be actually concerned about the other people stuck in the same situation in traffic.

Technology enhancing vehicle safety

On the other hand, quite contrastingly, India has a lot of technological expertise to enhance safe driving in the country. IT growth and technological expertise has equipped every Indian driver with the minimum gadgets and information they require to supplement their driving skills so that any traffic mishap can be easily avoided. Let us have a look at a few technological brilliance that ought to enhance safe driving skills of the driver.