January 23, 2017

An app to report road crashes & traffic violations without disclosing your identity

An app to report road crashes & traffic violations without disclosing your identity
Soon you will be able to report road crashes and traffic violations to enforcement agencies anywhere in the country simply by posting a photograph on a mobile app that road transport ministry will launch this month. And you will also have the option of disclosing or hide your identity.
 
The m-Parivahan mobile app will be useful for verifying the genuineness of drivers and vehicles for those who hire or buy a second hard vehicle. This will be launched as a part government’s initiatives to check road crashes and violation of traffic norms during the Road Safety Week. The ministry will also launch e-challan mobile app, which will prove useful for police and transport department officials to track repeated offenders.
 
“If a vehicle number is entered into the m-Parivahan app, it will give full details of the vehicle and the owner including his driving licence and and registration certificate. The user has to be registered so that his credentials can be established. One of the ways of doing this would be through an Aadhar based one-time password,” a transport ministry release said.
 
The app will also help good Samaritans as they can report accidents by clicking pictures and reporting to traffic authorities in states and to RTOs. They can also report traffic violations. The transport ministry will ask states to provide linkages to the integrated ambulance service to help accident victims.
 
Officials said though the e-challan app has greater relevance to enforcement agencies to send, people can also use this to pay fines seamlessly. Moreover, they will be informed about any traffic offence committed by them. “Even they can get instant information, if their vehicles are towed away,” said an official.
 
Till now, e-challan system has started in states such as Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Delhi and Maharashtra. This is likely to be extended to Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Assam and Mizoram in the near future.

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