Mysore, Aug. 1 (MTY&DM)- Smart Card Readers will soon be introduced in the State Transport Department for the first time in the country.

Disclosing this at a press meet at RTO East in Shanthinagar in city yesterday, Transport Commissioner Bhaskar Rao, while explaining the main features of the smart card reader, said it would be provide the Traffic Police and the RTO officials access to all biometric information available on the card and will help in curbing traffic violations.

Advising drivers to be more cautious in future, he said that the Reader would instantly 'read' and encrypt the memory chip embedded on Driving Licence Smart Card. The Traffic Police on stopping a suspected traffic violator, will swipe the DL Smart Card in the Reader which is connected to a PC. The violation and the penalty will be entered into the DL Smart Card through the Reader Interface. The date will also be recorded into the database maintained by the Department, he said.

Thus repeated traffic offen-ces will be embedded in the memory chip of the Smart Card and an offender who has seven traffic violations to his credit will lose his DL, he added.

Bhaskar Rao said that the Smart Card Reader will be useful in helping curb traffic violations since most users already have DL Smart Cards. He said so far, 15 lakh Smart Cards have been issued across the State with 80,000 being issued in the city alone.

The increasing number of road accidents had led to the Transport Department being accorded the additional responsibility of road safety. Accordingly, the Transport Department had launched a massive drive of checking vehicles and vehicles carrying school children in Mysore, as part of the drive.

School buses

The department has registered 203 cases against errant vehicles plying school children and a total fine amount of Rs. 1,18, 381 was collected. The Transport Commissioner also said that 36 vehicles had been seized in the past one week.

The drive will continue in the future too and the department would not bow down to any pressures in this regard. The RTO has been successful in preventing school children being carried at great risk in vehicles, he explained and added that criminal cases will be filed against school manag-ements if any mishaps occur.

Lack of staff

The department was facing a shortage of staff, with only 1992 personnel for 85.6 lakh vehicles in the State as of now when compared to 2552 personnel in 1990 when the State had only 14.6 lakh vehicles. As such, the Transport Department has appealed to the State government to appoint more personnel. The department has also obtained the services of Home Guards for its routine work, he added.

Sand Lorries

Referring to sand lorries, Bhaskar Rao said the Mines and Geology Department has issued an order with instructions not to carry sand above 2 ½ feet height in big lorries and 3 feet in small lorries. But in practice, this order is unscientific and as such the department will be advised to withdraw it. The order is unscientific because of the fact that lorry owners will increase the height of the lorry so that they can carry more sand, resulting in overloading which is a violation of the law under the Motor Vehicles Act.

Although the Act allowed carrying sand of about 16 tonnes, increasing the height of the lorry would allow operators to transport 26 tonnes which will lead to deterioration of roads which can only bear a load of 16 tonnes.

Complimenting the RTO, Mysore Division, for achieving success in revenue collection, Bhaskar Rao said the division had earned a revenue of Rs. 132 crore last year, exceeding the target with a revenue collection of Rs. 143 crore.

The Division has set a revenue collection of Rs. 150.75 crore this year and already Rs 38.5 crore had been collected in April-June quarterly period, he added.

Deputy Transport Commissioner Narayanswamy and Joint Commissioner of Transport (Administration) Muniveeragowda were present.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore