App-based system to enforce road rules on trucks will save time and cost

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New Delhi: The government on Wednesday said it has released an information technology-based utility solution for the enforcement of road traffic rules on trucks. With this app, the enforcement officers themselves will need to check a small number of commercial vehicles. This will help reduce the number of cash challans and reduce human intervention by issuing e-challans. This will also increase the revenue collection.

The commerce ministry said that on average a truck in India covers a distance of 50,000 to 60,000 km in a year as compared to 3,00,000 km in developed countries like the US. One of the main reasons for the delay is the sudden check-up of vehicles on the roads and the process of document verification that accompanies them.

It is said that while GST (Goods and Services Tax) has helped improve the situation, India still has a long way to go to reach the level of developed countries. There are over 60 separate cases of potential violations of various rules and compliances that require the attention of enforcement agencies.

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This enforcement is the responsibility of the departments of the state governments – commercial tax, transport, police, and other agencies. As part of the strategy to reduce the cost of logistics of road transport, the Logistics Division has also developed a risk-based approach for digital enforcement of routes on trucks and an information technology solution for running the technology-enabled enforcement mechanism. The ministry said that this solution was presented in a meeting with the officials of the states on Wednesday.