Manual punching at toll gates to be phased out, says Rishi Raj Singh

The Motor Vehicles Department (MVD) will introduce Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system in all commercial vehicles in the State to streamline toll-collection methods, Transport Commissioner Rishi Raj Singh has said.

The manual punching system could thus be phased out gradually, he told mediapersons on the sidelines of an MVD adalat at the PWD Rest House here on Saturday. The facility would be in place from next month, he said. “The RFID will help motorists to enjoy ‘automatic toll payment’ as vehicles approach the toll booths,” he said. “In the process, vehicles would be issued RFID tags, to be affixed on the windshield and the manufacturing and operational part would be handled by private firms in the sector,” Mr. Singh said.

Steps would be taken to prevent private establishments from indiscriminately using signboards, he said. “The MVD will check the existing regulations in this regard and if those are not sufficient, we will go for a fresh rule with the permission of the State government,” he said.

The MVD would procure the requisite equipment to check the use of bright lights. The department would organise a special drive to check such violations in the backdrop of complaints from various parts of the State, he said.

The Transport Commissioner said the department would take all steps to realise the proposed multi-modal transport hub between the Malapparamba and Thondayad junctions in the city.

To speed up government-level procedures, we would hold a discussion with Transport Minister Aryadan Mohammed, Mr. Singh said.

Lauding the pro-active steps taken by MVD officials in the district to trace violations, Mr. Singh said the district altogether remitted Rs.88 lakh collected as fine in July. In total, 8,387 cases were registered in the district, he said.

At the adalat, 36 complaints were heard, a majority related to poor traffic facilities. Some of the complainants expressed concern over the illegal operation of taxi services by private permit holders. There were complaints related to the lack of KSRTC services to some interior locations. These complaints were referred to the KSRTC.

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