New smart cards with QR codes launched to replace RC, licence

Transport Minister MR Vijayabhaskar on Tuesday launched new smart cards with QR codes that would replace the existing drivers’ licences and registration certificates.
Transport Minister MR Vijayabhaskar at the launch of new smart cards (R) in Chennai on Tuesday
Transport Minister MR Vijayabhaskar at the launch of new smart cards (R) in Chennai on Tuesday

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“The secure smart cards, equipped with a chip and QR code, will rule out possibilities of duplicate licences and registration certificates. This card will be issued to the new applicants and the rest will be equipped with this card as and when licence holders visit the RTOs for renewal or other purposes,” said K Manakumar, Joint Transport Commissioner (South).
“Various measures will be taken to reduce the number of road accidents. For this purpose, an automatic fining system will be installed along the National Highways in Chengalpattu and Tiruchy to apprehend violators on the spot.  Also, we will soon introduce automatic testing tracks at 13 more places,” said the minister. Further, he announced that around 2,000 e-buses will be operated in the next two years.
Also present at the event were Principal Secretary of School Education Department, Pradeep Yadav, State Transport Commissioner C Samayamoorthy and Director of School Education, VC Rameswaramurugan. 
Road safety clubs
In a separate event, State Transport Department launched road safety clubs at government-aided secondary schools and higher secondary schools across Tamil Nadu on Tuesday. School Education minister KA Sengottaiyan and Transport Minister Vijayabhaskar inaugurated the club at MCC Higher Secondary School at Chetpet.
Officials said the clubs would cover 7,870 government and aided secondary schools and higher secondary schools in the State. These clubs, formed with an aim to bring down road accidents, would function along the lines of NSS and NCC. 
Students would be taught how to ride safely, emergency care, first-aid, and about golden hour. As part of this initiative, the authorities are also planning to teach students about conducting road safety audits.

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