RFID violators may not be issued PUC
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.