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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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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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