The state transport department will soon float bids to digitise old records of vehicles and driving licences registered with two Regional Transport Offices (RTO) of Mumbai. Once digitisation is done, getting away with traffic offences will no longer be easy.
The computerisation plan, which was taking longer than usual to implement, has finally taken off with application of fresh driving licences at the West (Andheri) and Central (Tardeo) RTOs happening online.
"Old records are exhaustive. The plan to digitise these documents is on track and in the next few weeks we will be coming out with the main bids inviting applications from interested parties," said VN More, transport commissioner.
As per the plans, initially the records of Central and West RTOs will be digitised. Later this year, the work will begin to create soft copies of each of the documents available. A precise figure on the total number of papers that will be scanned is not immediately available, but the authorities state that it runs into crores.
Once the project is successfully implemented, it will help the transport department to introduce online application for payment various fees related to vehicles. Apart from this, the digitised data will be made available to public through the transport department's portal.
This will also assist the traffic and police authorities to swiftly retrieve data of vehicles to book offenders as well as to solve criminal cases involving vehicles.
Various government departments, including the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority, state revenue department, etc. have completed computerisation and digitisation of their records.