Traffic police, transport department sharing data in Delhi

Last Updated: Monday, March 21, 2011 - 13:27

New Delhi: The Delhi transport department
and the city traffic police have begun the process of sharing
their database, including that on driving licenses and erring
drivers, a city court has been informed.

The information was given to the Motor Accident Claim
Tribunal in response to its direction to authorities to evolve
a system to stop erring drivers from securing alternative
licences from various parts of the country after cancellation
of their original ones.
"Necessary directions have been given by the transport
secretary-cum-commissioner to allow the Delhi Traffic Police
to share the database of driving licenses being maintained by
it. Necessary hardware and software is to be procured by the
traffic police," Transport Department`s Deputy Commissioner
(Operation) Ranjeet Singh said in his report to MACT Judge
Swarana Kanta Sharma.

The list of drivers, whose licenses have been
cancelled, would also be displayed soon on the Department`s
website, Singh said.

DCP Traffic (Headquarters) Prabhakar told the court
that they have already begun sharing its data with the
transport department.

"For the last six months, Delhi Police is maintaining
a database of licenses recommended for suspension or
cancellation to the transport department which would be
uploaded on traffic unit website," the DCP traffic said.

The court was pleased with the authorities` efforts to
check the menace of procurement of alternate driving license
by inept and erring drivers.
"Since the data of the transport department is
displayed on its website, which has been allowed to be shared
by the Delhi traffic police, now there will be co-ordination
between both the departments and the cancellation of licenses
of drivers will be reflected in this record also," it said.

The judge, meanwhile, emphasised on the need to
formulate a policy for issuance of driving licenses at
national level.

"Though it will take time to have such a national
policy, it has succeeded to a larger extent in Delhi. It is
hoped that even that (national) policy will be formulated in
the near future as the process is already undertaken by the
Delhi Police and the concerned departments," the court said.

The court`s order came in a case involving a man who
continued to drive a blueline bus even after cancellation of
his license following an accident in 2005 as the official
records of the traffic police showed his license valid.

The matter was detected when the driver was involved
in another accident in 2006, which led to the filing of a case
by the family of the deceased seeking compensation under the
Motor Vehicles Act.

PTI

First Published: Monday, March 21, 2011 - 13:27

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