The ministry of road transport and highways is set to launch two mobile apps—e-challan and m-parivahan—next week to provide a comprehensive digital solution for enforcement of traffic rules.
Transport secretary Sanjay Mitra said the e-challan app will help traffic police in enforcement of transport laws and is integrated with the Vahan and Sarathi applications.
m-parivahan is a citizen-centric app that will facilitate access to various transport-related services.
The apps would be released by transport minister Nitin Gadkari during the 28th Road Safety Week from 9-15 January.
Mitra said e-challan will help in improving transparency by connecting all stakeholders through a common system and ensuring data integrity. It will also help in easing operations and efficient monitoring through digitization of records and will enhance the visibility of offenders, leading to better traffic management.
Similarly, m-parivahan will provide a virtual driving licence and registration certificates through back-end connection to the transport national register. In this application, if a vehicle number is entered into the app, it will give full details of the car and the owner, including his driving licence and registration certificate.
This will help check the genuineness of a vehicle’s ownership and driver and help in passenger safety when hiring a driver or when buying a second-hand vehicle. However, the user has to be registered so that his credentials can be established. One of the ways of doing this would be through an Aadhaar-based one time password (OTP).
The app will also facilitate “good Samaritans” through technology. They can report accidents by clicking pictures and reporting to traffic authorities in states and to road transport organizations, with the option of hiding their identity, if they so wish. Read More…