‘VAHAN’ to drive Kozhikode, Vadakara RTO operations

A major step towards making MVD services paperless

The Kozhikode and Vadakara Regional Transport Offices will begin their VAHAN-based operations on March 18. VAHAN is a computerised nationwide vehicle registry that will store information available with road transport authorities for easy access by both citizens and transport officials.

The VAHAN software, developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC), helps streamline the online service delivery, covering five major areas of operation of the Motor Vehicles Department (MVD). It is also a major step towards making MVD operations paperless.

The service will be ready at Sub Regional Transport Offices at Nanminda, Koyilandy and Koduvally from March 31.

All existing services operated with the support of other software or through conventional exchange of files will be replaced with VAHAN. The service providers in the area too will have to make use of the new software for future submission of applications to RTOs.

The VAHAN services will mainly cover five areas such as vehicle registration and its renewal, issue of permits, tax remittance, issue and renewal of fitness certificates and settlement of fines under various enforcement activities. Services such as transfer of ownership, change in address and various renewal procedures too will be handled through the new software.

MVD officials say the new integrated solution for vehicle registration will act as a national online information repository to track the details of all the vehicles. Computerisation has already been completed in all offices under the MVD in Kerala to maintain a State-level vehicle registry and its integration with the national-level software.

Training session

“Since the language and method of data entry are quite different in the new software compared to old methods, we are planning to conduct special training sessions for e-service providers in the district from Monday,” said Regional Transport Officer A.K. Sasikumar.

The training programme will cover e-service providers such as Akshaya centres, Kudumbashree service centres, internet cafes and automobile dealers. For e-service providers, the training will mainly focus on new data entry methods and features of the newly introduced language codes for filing various applications. For the dealers, the training will focus on the process of submitting vehicle registration applications through the new software.

MVD officials said the Ministry of Road Transport Highways came up with the new project with a centralised data base with an aim to ensure the real time availability of all information related to vehicles registered in over 975 regional transport offices in India.

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