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Now, Centre to link driving licence withAadhaar to weed out fake onesThe Centre is in the process of linking driving licences with Aadhaar Number to weed out fake licences and a software for this covering all states on a real-time basis is under preparation, the Supreme Court was told on Wednesday.A bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta was informed about it by a court-appointed committee on road safety headed by former Supreme Court Judge Justice K S Radhakrishnan. This assumes significance as a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra is currently hearing a clutch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar scheme and the enabling 2016 law. The committee, in its report filed in the top court, said it had held a meeting on November 28 last year with the joint secretary of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) to discuss several issues, including procurement of fake licences and how to eliminate it. "On the issue of fake licences, joint secretary, MoRTH informed that NIC (national informatics centre) is now preparing 'Sarthi-4' under which all the licences would be linked to Aadhaar, " the report said. "This software will cover all the states on real-time basis and it will not be possible for anyone to get a duplicate or fake licence anywhere in the country, " it said. The advocate representing the committee told the bench that the panel was scheduled to have a meeting with the MoRTH and other authorities concerned on February 22-23 to discuss compliance of directions given by the apex court earlier. Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand, appearing for the ministry, told the bench that fatalities in road accidents in India have gone down by around three percent in 2017 as compared to 2016. The bench said it was "heartening to know" that number of fatalities and injuries in road accidents have come down. In its report, the committee said it had asked states and union territories (UTs) to forward road accident data for entire 2017. "The committee has since received data from all the states/UTs, except Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram and Daman and Diu which indicates that in the states/UTs which have submitted data, there has been a reduction of 4, 558 fatalities (i.e. 3.0 per cent) and 24, 023 injuries (i.e. 5.0 per cent) in 2017 as compared to 2016, " the report said. The committee told the court that through its November 24 last year letter, it had asked all the states to set up a road safety fund which would be non-lapsable and to have a steady flow of funds by the diversion of "significant" portion of fines collected from traffic violations. It said some states have already set up road safety fund and the committee was pursuing the issue with remaining states in order to ensure full compliance of the apex court's order which had said that the fund should be established by March 31, 2018.The report said at the November 28 last year meeting, it was discussed that since driving licences were now in the form of a smart card, its punching in cases of default was likely to damage the data stored in it. "Joint Secretary MoRTH pointed out that presently NIC is in the process of developing central computerised data base and all the states would be covered under the same. "This data base is likely to be effective from October 1, 2018, " it said, adding, that all the offences committed by the driver would be recorded in this data base and there would be no necessity for punching of driving licences.The committee further said that 20-25 per cent fatalities on roads occur due to non-existence of pedestrian facilities, like footpaths, over-head passes, and under-passes and so it has asked the states to provide pedestrian facilities in accordance with the Indian Road Congress (IRC) guidelines. The court, while posting the matter for hearing on April 23, said that the committee should ensure compliance of its directions given earlier.The apex court had in November last year issued a slew of directions on road safety and asked all states and UTs to set up a trauma centre in each district of the country and make safety norms part of school curriculum. It had also directed that road safety education and counselling be made a part of school curriculum by the state boards by April 1, 2018, and at least one trauma care centre be set up in every district with an ambulance. The court had issued its directions on a PIL raising the issue of road safety in the country.SOURCE: BUSINESS STANDARD | 8 FEB 2018, 4:41 AM
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From April, you can give your mother’s name in driving licence in Delhi NEW DELHI: From next month, those applying for a permanent driving licencein Delhi would be able to have their mother’s name on the licence instead of their father’s name, if they wish.At present, applicants have to provide their father’s or husband’s name while applying for a licence. In what it terms as a progressive step, Delhi government’s transport department would now allow applicants to provide their mother’s name instead.“This is a big step in bringing gender equality at the transport department and we plan to bring in this change by April, ” said a senior transport department official.This would be a big help specifically for those who for some reason do not want to provide their father’s name or have a single parent, ” he said.“We are modifying our software to bring in these changes. We believe the software tweaks should be ready this week, ” the official said.The modification would indeed be a big change as the permanent driving licence also acts as an important identity proof.There are 13 regional transport offices (RTOs) in Delhi and approximately 1, 600 permanent driving licences are issued in the capital every working day. About four lakh licences are issued in a year and almost one lakh applications are rejected on different grounds.“The capital would be the first state to issue licences with the mother’s name, ” the official said.The decision is in the same direction in which a host of changes were brought in during 2016 while applying for a passport. In the same year, the Delhi high court had held that in certain cases, mother's name is sufficient for a child to apply for a passport, especially because a single woman can be a natural guardian as well as a parent.Source: TOI, Sidharatha Roy | TNN | Mar 25, 2018, 02:36 IST
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RTOs efforts pays off, but requires public co-operation.Govt steers drive: Pledge your organs when seeking licence5 Lakh Of 9Cr New Drivers Are DonorsLess than 1% of persons with driving licences have pledged to donate their organs in case they meet with a fatal accident. The government expects this share to increase as it has introduced a new provision in the driving licence application, which allows an applicant to pledge his/her organ donation.A source said about 5 lakh out of the 9 crore new licence holders have pledged to donate their organs. Though the change in application form came into force from April 1, some regional transport offices (RTOs), in collaboration with advocacy groups, have already been reaching out to people.“We are compiling organ donors’ data. As we have changed the application format, which every RTO across the country has to follow, there will be an increase in the number of such pledges, ” a central government official said.Priyanka Shylendra, chief executive officer of Gift Your Organ Foundation, which pursued the change in driving licence application format, said this will bring more awareness. “When we interacted with people from different walks of life, we found they are keen to donate organs. What is needed is awareness and making the process simple, ” she added.Shylendra said her foundation undertook an awareness initiative from 2012 to 2015 at nine RTOs in Bangalore. “We made 1.72 lakh people aware and through this initiative, 62, 000 people pledged. The initiative was introduced at a Mumbai RTO in 2013 and 15, 000 people were made aware, ” she said.Organizations working in this sector have also been pushing for a seamless mechanism for quick transfer of accident victims to specialised hospitals to complete the organ donation process. Last month, while inaugurating the National Road Safety Week, road transport minister Nitin Gadkari said Tata Group’s arm TCS is keen to join hands with the government in an initiative to harvest organs from road crash victims as well as facilitate emergency services using helicopters.He added that the government is developing 750 roadside amenities, which will have helipads in addition to other facilities for travelers. Organ donation gains importance as at present, there is less than one organ donor in a million in India and over three million deaths recorded since 2005 due to nonavailability of organs.
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Government Approves Green License Plates for E-VehiclesThe government also plans to allow youth in the age bracket of 16-18 years to drive electric scooters, besides mandating taxi aggregators to have a certain percentage of the e-vehicle fleetTo promote electric vehicles in India, the government has approved green license plates bearing numbers in white fonts for private e-vehicles and yellow for taxis, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said today. The government also plans to allow youth in the age bracket of 16-18 years to drive electric scooters, besides mandating taxi aggregators to have a certain percentage of the e-vehicle fleet."The government has approved distinctive green license plates for electric vehicles to encourage people to use electric vehicles. Such vehicles will be fitted with green license plates bearing numbers in white fonts for private cars and yellow font for taxis, " Gadkari said. A notification in this regard will be out in a week's time, the minister, who has been advocating electric mobility promotion, he said.The purpose behind distinctive number plates is their easy identification for preferential treatment in parking, free entry in congested zones besides other proposed benefits like concessional toll, the road transport, and highways minister told PTI.The measure is aimed at promoting vehicle's use and the government is considering an exemption from permits for such vehicles."Exemption from permit will be a game changer as restricted permit regime is a major concern. E-rickshaw growth is attributable to the permit exemption and there is scope to extend the exemption to the e-buses, e-taxis, e-autos, and e-bikes. E-auto and e-buses may have a big impact since getting a new permit is extremely difficult, " the minister said.Similarly, e-bikes also should see a considerable impact since it is a new area, he added. Besides, the government is contemplating permitting youth in the age group of 16-18 years to drive e-scooters, which are gearless and this will lead to a big demand for e-scooters, the minister noted.Under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, those in the age group of 16-18 years are granted a licence for below 50 CC gearless scooters. Incidentally, there is no scooter in this category made in the country."The government is also contemplating to ask taxi aggregators to have an incremental share of electric vehicles from 2020 onwards, which could be 1 percent of the fleet every year, " Gadkari said.Similarly, all public transport operators may also be mandated to provide 1 percent incremental fleet from 2020 onwards, he added. Stressing that electric vehicles will bring down vehicular pollution, Gadkari said the government is tightening fuel efficiency norms.Besides, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways will request the finance ministry that the rate of depreciation on EVs may be allowed at 50 percent as against the rate of 15 percent for conventional vehicles. The proposals include bringing down the GST on batteries to 12 percent at par with the GST on EVs.As per an estimate, India at present has 1 to 1.5 lakh electric vehicles and it is projected to grow to about 5 percent of the total vehicles in the next five years, an official said. Of the about 24 million vehicles sold in India in 2017-18, electric vehicles accounted for barely about 1 percent, the official added.India, currently, has four kinds of number plates - white licence plates with numbers on black font for private cars, yellow plates with fonts in black for commercial vehicles, black plates with yellow font letters for self-driven rental vehicles and blue plates with white font letters for Embassies and High Commissions.Army vehicles, on the other hand, follow a different registration system given by the defence ministry, while vehicles of the President and governors have red licence plates with the national emblem.Updated: May 9, 2018, 5:40 PM IST TV18 Network. https://www.news18.com/news/auto/government-approves-green-license-plates-for-e-vehicles-1743143.html
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Eletric Vehicle makers want govt to keep RTO charges nominalWhile a notification on the matter is expected in a week, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways early this week said the government has approved unique licence plates for EVs to promote their use.The Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV) has urged the government to keep registration charges nominal for electric vehicles (EVs).The Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV) has urged the government to keep registration charges nominal for electric vehicles (EVs). It has also suggested that green licence plates be mandated for all delivery vehicles, not just fleets. “Few fringe benefits of the green plate like toll free and preferential parking have been spelt out. We hope that our two core requests under the green plate wish list also become part of this plan. We have requested the government to keep RTO/registration charges only nominal for green plate vehicles and not 6-10% as of now. Also, we have requested green plates to be mandated for all delivery vehicles, and not only fleets, ” said Sohinder Gill, director – corporate affairs, SMEV. Gill is also the CEO of Hero Electric. He added that green licence plate is a welcome step, and if planned and executed properly, will support EVs.While a notification on the matter is expected in a week, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways early this week said the government has approved unique licence plates for EVs to promote their use. He said private EVs will bear green licence plates with numbers in white fonts and taxis in yellow. The government is also believed to be asking taxi aggregators to have a percentage of their fleet as EVs. It is also contemplating on permitting youth in the age group of 16-18 years to ride gear-less e-scooters. Currently, the youth in the said age group are granted licence for below 50cc gear-less scooters under the Motor Vehicles Act.At present, there are four kinds of licence plates in the country – white plates with numbers in black font for private cars, yellow plates with fonts in black for commercial vehicles/taxis, black plates with yellow font letters for self-driven rental vehicles and blue plates with white font letters for embassies and high commissions. Defence vehicles have a different registration system given by the defence ministry, while vehicles of the President and governors carry red licence plates with the national emblem. According to the SMEV, electric vehicles make less than 1% of the total vehicle sales in the country, but has potential to grow to more than 5% in few years. In 2017-18, 24 million vehicles were sold in the country.Source By: FE,  May 12, 2018  5:32 AM
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In Thiruvananthapuram, Green tax not a deterrent for owners of old vehiclesGreen Tax was proposed in the state budget 2016-17, for private vehicles having four or more wheels, which are older than 15 or more years, and transport vehicles having four or more wheels and are older than 10 or more years.Thiruvananthapuram regional transport office of motor vehicles department earned nearly Rs 1 crore as Green Tax, since its introduction in January 1, 2017.The tax was introduced with the aim of discouraging the use of old vehicles. But it seems that the initiative has failed to serve its purpose.Green Tax was proposed in the state budget 2016-17, for private vehicles having four or more wheels, which are older than 15 or more years, and transport vehicles having four or more wheels and are older than 10 or more years.The number of vehicles for which Green Tax was paid at Thiruvananthapuram RTO in the first quarter of 2018 is higher, when compared the number of vehicles for which the tax was paid in 2017.For a total of 1, 255 vehicles Rs 4, 79, 100 was paid as Green Tax at RTO office in 2017, while an amount of Rs 4, 99, 600 was collected from 1, 410 vehicles this year till May 4.The finance minister has declared that the government expects additional revenue of Rs 7 crore every year through the tax.Green Tax charged for private vehicles with four or more wheels at the time of renewal of registration is Rs 400.At the time of renewal of fitness certificate light transport vehicles having four or more wheels are charged Rs 200, for medium transport vehicles Rs 300 is charged and heavy transport vehicles will have to pay Rs 400.The government had exempted motor cycles and vehicles with three wheels from Green Tax.“Only a nominal amount is collected as Green Tax. More stringent measures such as inclusion of all categories of vehicles under the tax are needed to control vehicular pollution, ” said an official from Thiruvananthapuram RTO.Meanwhile, MVD had identified 66 vehicles plying in the district, which are registered under bogus addresses in Pondicherry. Among these, 26 vehicle owners have paid for re-registration of the vehicles at Thiruvananthapuram RTO. An amount of Rs 1, 71, 22, 040 was received in this regard from the vehicle owners.Since, the deadline on amnesty scheme proposed by the government for owners of high-end vehicles registered under bogus addresses in other states, ended on April 30, MVD will proceed with legal steps and seizure of these vehicles
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