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Transport Dept making some right noises, finally

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Skip the queues and the touts. Just pay Rs 25 and put your feet up -- the dakiya will home-deliver your driving license and even registration certificate (RC) of your vehicle. And India Post has promised to deliver them in just two days after they are processed.

Transport commissioner Bhaskar Rao stated that the new measure, besides curbing the menace of middlemen, would help the department get proper confirmation of the address proof of the applicants.

Transport Minister Ashoka added the department would go ahead with digital fare meters and four-stroke engines for all autorickshaws. Four-stroke engines will reduce pollution, and also vibration, when the vehicle is moving.

For the full text of the report in the TOI, click here.

While all of the above is fine, what about the far more urgent measure of introduction of HSRP's (high security registration plates), which, considering its gravity, no less than the Supreme court had mandated, way back in May this year, for implementation implementation within three months. When I brought up the matter before Mr Bhasker Rao. at a function about a fortnight back, his responses, I am sorry to say, were far from convincing. This even as the security scenario is becoming more and more challenging by the day.

And, delivery of the DL's and RC's are the least of the problem areas. If the department really wants to make a change, there are many more things it needs to do, and none of which is rocket science.

With the dynamic Mr Shankerlinge Gowda now moved up as the Principal Sec, Transport, can we hope for speedier reforms in this crucial sector?

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