Traffic police, transport department sharing data in Delhi
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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.


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

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