Transport Department is creating database of vehicles, traffic-offenders

The Kerala Road Safety Authority (KSRA) has proposed “tagging” commercial vehicles with miniature Radio Frequency Identification Devices (RFIDs) to enable law enforcers to monitor their speed on highways.

Additional Director-General of Police and Transport Commissioner T.P. Senkumar says RFID readers will be installed at an interval of 20 km on thoroughfares to help law enforcers identify, track, and intercept speeding vehicles.

The proposed RFID tags are tamper-proof and will function without an active power source.

The RFID-based vehicle identification and tracking system is useful to the police to curb the breakneck competition between private buses in Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, and Kozhikode.

The Transport Department is also creating a computerised database of vehicles, driving licences, and traffic offenders, which law enforcers can soon access online or through their mobile phones.

It has proposed a mobile phone-based secure closed user group linking 1,500 traffic enforcers to help controllers quickly disseminate actionable intelligence to field officers.

The KSRA will install night vision-enabled security cameras with speed detection and registration number plate image capturing capabilities at 400 junctions and along 44 stretches of highways in stages.

Security cameras

Security cameras will soon cover all State border entry and exit points. Pedestrian sanctuaries and small concrete islands will be constructed in the middle of four and six lane roads to help walkers, mainly schoolchildren, to negotiate safely fast moving vehicles while crossing such stretches.

The KRSA proposes to construct 60 foot over-bridges, 3,400 segregated bus bays, and rectify 216 accident black spots in the State as part of its road safety action plan for 2011-12.