RFID vi­o­la­tors may not be is­sued PUC

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - [email protected] times­group.com

New Delhi: Com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles run­ning away via free lanes at RFID toll points to avoid pay­ment may not get Pol­lu­tion Un­der Con­trol (PUC) cer­tifi­cate. “The cor­po­ra­tions are go­ing to pro­pose link­ing of the data base of such er­rant ve­hi­cles with PUC cer­ti­fi­ca­tion mech­a­nism,” a se­nior of­fi­cial over­see­ing the RFID project said.

“A large num­ber of ve­hi­cles are es­cap­ing us­ing the free lanes meant for non-com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles. We have af­fixed cam­eras on these lanes, and the num­ber plates of such ve­hi­cles have been cap­tured by them. We will pro­pose to the En­vi­ron­ment Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Au­thor­ity (EPCA) that the er­rant ve­hi­cles be cap­tured when they re­port for the tests and PUC cer­tifi­cate should not be is­sued to them,” he added.

As per EPCA’s direc­tions, the com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles which have not ob­tained RFID tags or have not recharged their RFID tag ac­counts are li­able to pay dou­ble the toll as penalty amount. The RFID in­fra­struc­ture has been in­stalled at 13 of the busiest toll bor­der points of Delhi, but civic bod­ies con­tinue to strug­gle with the vi­o­la­tors who have ei­ther not ob­tained the RFID tags or those who try to by­pass the sys­tem us­ing free lanes.

Civic of­fi­cials also point out that cab ag­gre­ga­tor taxis were the ma­jor vi­o­la­tors. “Around 70-80% of the over­all ve­hi­cles which have un­charged RFID tags be­long to small taxis and cabs.We have spo­ken to these app- bases cabs, but they are still ar­gu­ing to be merely service providers and not trans­porters,” the of­fi­cial added.

The bor­der toll col­lec­tion sys­tem in­volv­ing the RFID tags has, mean­while, achieved 50% cash­less sta­tus. While half of the ve­hi­cles pass­ing through the toll gates are now mak­ing tax pay­ments dig­i­tally with the tag, rest are be­ing made to pay the dou­ble fine. About 3.5 lakh tags have been is­sued and around 63,500 have recharged their ac­counts so far.

“The SDMC has al­ready an­nounced that it will now ini­ti­ate an on-spot recharge mech­a­nism us­ing hand­held de­vices for the ve­hi­cles that are stuck in queues at bor­der points,” the of­fi­cial said. SDMC will also ex­tend the RFID sys­tem to 10 more bor­der points while hand­held de­vices will be is­sued to rest of the bor­der points. Delhi has 124 bor­der points from where the ve­hi­cles can en­ter.

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