BANGALORE: The Transport Department on Wednesday launched a system through which subscribers will get regular SMS updates on road safety, pollution control measures and new traffic rules.
After launching the service, Transport Commissioner Ramegowda said the department has the mobile numbers of close to six lakh of the 1.33 crore owners who have registered their vehicles in the state. Those who wish to receive the updates can approach their respective regional transport office.
“Registered vehicle owners will soon be able to check online the validity of their vehicle’s pollution certificate by visiting our website rto.kar.nic.in or karnatakapuc.in,” Ramegowda said.
Going the App Way
As part of the department’s efforts to make life easier for vehicle owners and civilians, a variety of applications will be introduced in the coming days. An app called ‘Social Cop’, through which users can file complaints through mobile phones, is one of them.
The department has collected around `20 crore in fines from April to September from out-of-state vehicles. As many as 4,584 such vehicles were booked of the 72,993 checked; 1,076 were seized. In total, `60 crore was collected for all offenses in the past four months.
“Owners of vehicles not registered in the state should abide by the law of the state where they reside and pay taxes. But if there are cases of harassment, please contact me at 98451 99170,” Ramegowda said.
PINK BUSES TO RETURN?
The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) is currently undertaking a survey to allocate buses for the city’s garment factory workers. The city has approximately 2.5 lakh women employed in the garment sector. This means the all-women buses, which used to ply in the city, might return but only in certain areas. Pink buses, introduced in 2007, were withdrawn following poor response from the public.