NATIONAL CONFERENCE
SMART CITY 2014
New Delhi: 18-7-2014
SESSION 4:
“Sustainable Urban Transportation & Traffic Management...
Overview of the UP Transport Department
 Responsible for:
• enforcement of Motor Vehicle Act & Rules,
• control of vehicu...
3
The role of Urban Transport
 Urban Transport plays a crucial role in urban development by
providing access for people t...
4
The existing reality of Urban Transport
 The most visible problem of cities is traffic congestion, as urban
transportat...
5
It is therefore required that:
 The knowledge of core problems, and their solutions gained
through researches and studi...
6
The role of Transport Department
Within the limitations of their core domain of activity &
responsibility, transport dep...
7
Issuance of Smart Card Driving Licenses
 Govt of UP has launched issuance of Smart Card DLs in all
districts - no manua...
8
Establishment of Drivers’Training Institutes
 To ensure safe drivers for public service vehicles, proper training
infra...
9
Establishment of Drivers’Testing Tracks
 Shortage of proper driver testing tracks in offices is being
addressed. As a s...
10
Vehicle Fitness & Certification
 Like safe drivers, safe vehicles are also essential for sustainable
urban transport.
...
11
Permit issuance procedures
 Permit policy plays a critical role of transport department to
promote a complementary and...
12
Enforcement of Act & Rules
 Control of vehicular pollution in cities. Pollution checking centers
established in cities...
13
Modernization & Networking of Departmental Procedures
Urban travel needs can be reduced by providing departmental servi...
Road Safety in Urban Transport
Road safety requires solutions in four main areas:
1. Engineering: Redevelopment of road de...
15
Management of Road Safety is a multi-sectoral activity
 Involving the following departments:
• Police: traffic enforce...
16
Legal / Institutional setup for Road Safety in UP
 State Road Safety Policy formulated.
 Draft State Road Safety Fund...
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Smart CITy 2014 - Sustainable Urban Transportation and Traffic Management: Importance of Networking & Communication Technologies - Rajneesh Gupta, Transport Commissioner, Department of Transport, Government of Uttar Pradesh

  1. 1. NATIONAL CONFERENCE SMART CITY 2014 New Delhi: 18-7-2014 SESSION 4: “Sustainable Urban Transportation & Traffic Management, and Importance of Networking and Communication Technologies” Rajneesh Gupta Transport Commissioner, Uttar Pradesh
  2. 2. Overview of the UP Transport Department  Responsible for: • enforcement of Motor Vehicle Act & Rules, • control of vehicular pollution, • ensuring road safety, • revenue collection through motor vehicle fees and tax, • compensation to victims of road accidents arising out of public service vehicles (buses & taxis).  Organization covering 6 Zones, 19 Regions & 75 Sub-Regions (districts)  State vehicular population is about 1.92 crores.  4th largest revenue-earning department of the State.  FY 2013-14 revenue collection - Rs 3450 crores.
  3. 3. 3 The role of Urban Transport  Urban Transport plays a crucial role in urban development by providing access for people to education, markets, employment, recreation, health care and other key services.  Cities with various public transport modes in an integrated system evolve and prosper better as centers for trade, commerce, industry, education, tourism and habitation.  Cities ranked high in urban quality of life are those having high quality urban transport systems.  Greatest challenge before administrators is how to plan and invest wisely in infrastructure for sustainable urban transport.
  4. 4. 4 The existing reality of Urban Transport  The most visible problem of cities is traffic congestion, as urban transportation systems in most developing cities are far from ideal.  Lack of comprehensive planning of transport systems, without due consideration to social, economic and environmental concerns of the city.  Low priority to non-motorized transport such as cycling and walking.  Increase in number of private vehicles choking the roads.  Public health issues - air pollution, noise, and road accidents. Adverse impact on quality of life and the environment in most cities.
  5. 5. 5 It is therefore required that:  The knowledge of core problems, and their solutions gained through researches and studies, needs to be applied appropriately by administrators / decision makers to bring about sustainable urban transport systems having a proper modal mix.  A comprehensive and integrated approach to policy and decision-making with the aim of developing affordable, economically viable, people-oriented and environment-friendly public transport systems.  Strong political will at every step.
  6. 6. 6 The role of Transport Department Within the limitations of their core domain of activity & responsibility, transport departments do have a key role in supporting sustainable urban transport systems, by ensuring; 1. Safe Drivers - through strict Driving License issuance procedures. 2. Safe public transport vehicles - through proper vehicle fitness regimes. 3. Laying down Permit issuance procedures that promote a complementary and safe multi-modal urban transport system. 4. Regular Enforcement of Act & Rules – ensuring road safety. 5. Control of vehicular air pollution in cities.
  7. 7. 7 Issuance of Smart Card Driving Licenses  Govt of UP has launched issuance of Smart Card DLs in all districts - no manual issuance now.  Applicants’ presence mandatory for capturing biometrics - effectively checking issuance of fake DLs.  Bio-metrics and details of applicant captured on secure database.  Database simultaneously maintained in State Register as well as National Register.  Smart Card DLs are sent to applicants only by post, thereby ensuring verification of their address.  In event of cancellation, no scope for issuance of new DL from anywhere.  Scope for additional applications – e-challans, awarding penalty points on DL for violation of rules, submission of online DL application etc.
  8. 8. 8 Establishment of Drivers’Training Institutes  To ensure safe drivers for public service vehicles, proper training infrastructure is required.  Govt of UP is in the process of establishing a model Institute for Driver Training and Research (ITDR) with GoI assistance.  There are about 260 privately run Driving Schools in various districts, but their capacity does not fulfill the requirement.  There is need to have higher number of professionally-run Drivers’ Training Institutes in UP.  Department has approached all leading automobile manufacturers / SIAM to establish Driver Training Schools, though the response has been lukewarm till now.  There is urgent case for inclusion of establishing driving schools in CSR objectives of manufacturers.
  9. 9. 9 Establishment of Drivers’Testing Tracks  Shortage of proper driver testing tracks in offices is being addressed. As a start State Government has sanctioned Driver Testing Tracks in 7 districts during last financial year, and proposes 20 in current financial year.  Department is looking at innovative techniques and private partners to establish fully automated testing tracks – not only for non-transport but also for transport vehicle drivers.  These will have low human interface, and be equipped with sensors & video cameras for testing drivers and generating genuine test results.
  10. 10. 10 Vehicle Fitness & Certification  Like safe drivers, safe vehicles are also essential for sustainable urban transport.  Rigorous checking of fitness is being followed for commercial vehicles, with special emphasis on school transport vehicles.  Manual vehicle inspection and fitness procedures need to be modernized. Should be done through machines / equipments.  Govt of UP is establishing a Model Vehicle Inspection & Certification Center (MVICC) at Lucknow with support of GoI.  Considering the large size of UP, provision for MVICC is being sought for other large cities. PPP model also being looked at.  To meet the need for scaled-down versions of such centers in remaining districts, State Government sanctioned funds for fitness pits in 15 districts in last FY. 17 more districts during current FY.
  11. 11. 11 Permit issuance procedures  Permit policy plays a critical role of transport department to promote a complementary and safe multi-modal urban transport system.  Mass transport systems on trunk routes, IPT modes as feeder services – all operating as complementary to each other, not in competition.  Autos can be restricted to narrow city streets for shorter distances.  All public transport vehicles to be equipped with GPS/ GPRS/ CCTV for ensuring real-time tracking – especially for women’s safety.  Radio taxis for personalized urban commuting – professionally managed, financially viable and safe for women & elderly. Equipped with panic button, radio communication and operator / driver details.
  12. 12. 12 Enforcement of Act & Rules  Control of vehicular pollution in cities. Pollution checking centers established in cities with private participation. Use of clean fuel in public transport vehicles in major cities.  Regular checking of overloading of urban transport vehicles, which are a major cause of accidents. However, overloading of passenger vehicles is not considered a very major offence. Fines are also ridiculously low.  Penalty imposition needs to be made heavier under MV Act.  Driver Penalty Scheme should be incorporated in the Act, and provisions should be made for awarding penalty points for violation of rules.  Stringent emission standards required at vehicle manufacturers’ level.
  13. 13. 13 Modernization & Networking of Departmental Procedures Urban travel needs can be reduced by providing departmental services through online mode.  Online tax payment facility available 24 x 7.  Reduction of travel need of tax payers . Huge saving to them in terms of time, effort & money. Transparent system of tax calculation. No human intervention. Immediate receipt generation. Confirmation by SMS by both Deptt and Bank.  Dealer Point registration of vehicles in all major cities. Online data transmission between dealers and transport offices. Reduction of travel need. Saving of time, effort, money.  Transport Helpline through toll free number & website. Complaint lodging & resolution is now quick and efficient. Travel to transport offices not required.  Other processes online – time slot booking for driving test and biometrics. DL application also to be submitted online soon.
  14. 14. Road Safety in Urban Transport Road safety requires solutions in four main areas: 1. Engineering: Redevelopment of road designs, identification and rectification of black spots, providing quality pedestrian facilities particularly for children, women, elderly, and people with disabilities. 2. Emergency Response: Improvement of the response time in attending accident victims, quality of emergency vehicles and institutions for accident victims. 3. Education: Development of strategies to inculcate understanding of road safety from an early age, in school curriculum. 4. Enforcement: of speed limits and other safety-related measures that have a direct effect on accident rates.
  15. 15. 15 Management of Road Safety is a multi-sectoral activity  Involving the following departments: • Police: traffic enforcement activity • Health: post-accident trauma care • Transport: licensing and vehicle fitness • PWD: road building and maintenance • NHAI: road building and maintenance • Urban Development: urban transport & city roads • Education: imparting basic traffic education to school children  Presently all of them work in isolation within their own spheres of activity.  Holistic management of Road Safety requires a concerted multi-sectoral approach with active involvement of all these departments under a single agency.  Thus the imminent need for an agency that acts as an umbrella for coordinated action.
  16. 16. 16 Legal / Institutional setup for Road Safety in UP  State Road Safety Policy formulated.  Draft State Road Safety Fund Rules, 2016 notified.  State Road Safety Council reconstituted under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh. Ministers of various concerned departments as members.  It is mandated to meet at least twice a year, and take decisions suo motto, or whenever a reference is made to it.  A High Power Committee (HPC) under Chief Secretary. Members from concerned departments, Transport Commissioner as Member Secretary.  The HPC will implement decisions of the SRSC, manage the State Road Safety Fund, monitor relevant road safety issues, and meet monthly or at least once each quarter.  Would work through a Road Safety Cell comprised of full-time officers & staff.
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