VISAKHAPATNAM: Road Transport Authority (RTA) of the state will turn more tech savvy. After coming up with the online driving licence system and the upcoming project_’online registrations for all non- transport vehicles’ which would commence from March 1, the authorities are going to launch a computer-based video monitoring system at the driving test tracks in order to decrease human intervention in issuing licences.
Transport commissioner N Balasubramaniam said that the state government would soon be setting up special kiosks which will be used during the learners’ licence tests especially for the people from rural areas who have no acquaintance with computer operations.
Balasubramaniam told newsmen here on Sunday that for the first time in the state they were going to implement online registrations for all non-transport vehicles here in Visakhapatnam region except Anakapalle and Gajuwaka, from March 1.
With the implementation, people could avoid visiting RTA offices for registrations and even skip the handling charges. Balasubramaiam said that test run of the project had been completed successfully and a meeting was convened with 55 automobile dealers in this regard, during which the dealers were handed over the login IDs.
The Transport commissioner said that while purchasing the vehicle, the customer will have to produce documents to the dealers such as passport, Aadhaar card, PAN card, or any other ID which they would scan and upload. Apart from that a valid residential proof which could be an electricity bill or phone bill bearing the existing address has also to be submitted.
Balasubramaniam said that the temporary registration would be given to the customers immediately and the permanent registration number would be given by 5 pm same day. If applied during non-working hours (5 pm to 9 pm), the permanent registration number will be given by 5 pm next day.
Balasubramaniam also mentioned that the authorities would also send the PDF copy of the vehicle’s RC to the owner immediately, and even if they lose them they could download again. “We have some doubts regarding the functioning of the system, so initially the RTA will perform such act in just one district. If the implementation succeeds in Visakhapatnam, we would repeat the same in other districts,” he added.
Meanwhile, adding more technical implementations in the state, the RTA will also introduce camera monitoring system at the driving tracks.
“The cameras will record the driving skills of the applicant at the test tracks. This system would curb all the irregularities. We will have a recorded video, and with it we would determine whether to give licence or not. It will be implemented initially at Gannavaram and if it is successful then it will be done in other areas too,” he said. Balasubramaniam also mentioned that they were receiving many complaints regarding the failure of youth in learners’ licence tests, as they are unaware of using computers.
“As a solution to this, we are introducing LLR kiosks in the state soon to make it easy for such candidates. The kiosks installed in Vijayawada were appreciated by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu,” he added.