K. Balchand

NEW DELHI: To usher in uniformity in the road transport sector, the Centre on Thursday approved a number of schemes, including issuance of smart card based driving licence, high-security registration plates for all vehicles and a single national permit for truck operators.

The States have been asked to implement the smart card-based driving licences and registration certificates by December 31 to ensure inter-operability throughout the country. They have been given the liberty of notifying the date from which they will start issuing the card.

The State governments were part of the decision-making process chaired by the Union Road Transport and Highways Secretary on Thursday, which expected the States to meet the target date for creation of registers of driving licences and registration certificates.

As for the implementation of the high-security registration plates to prevent the use of stolen vehicles in criminal activities, the Centre directed the States to implement the scheme, especially in the light of the ruling of the Supreme Court which had set May 5, 2009 as the deadline.