Autorickshaws in Delhi get a 45-day reprieve

In the capital, the transport department will come out with a notification giving a 45-day extension to all auto owners who have not yet received smart cards for their vehicles. Officials clarified that autos found plying on city roads without permits would not have their permits cancelled for now.

The transport department, had last year, initiated the process of digitisation of permits of all autos to radio frequency identification (RFID)-based smart cards, which warrant that the original auto owner and the sanctioned driver be present in person at the authority so that their particulars including fingerprints, photographs , etc, could be endorsed on smart cards of all vehicles.

The process attempts to streamline records of the auto section of the department with the relevant particulars of the bulk of autos plying in the city have not been updated for years.

Though, the last date for conversion to smart cards was 13 October,  owners of some 10,000 autos are still to show up to get their registration process completed.

Sources say a large number of autos in the city are plying without proper papers. Vehicles have changed hands over the years without registration of sale deeds with authorities. The records of the transport department have therefore not been updated to reflect the changes. For many such autos, the original owners are untraceable and conversion to smart cards in the normal process was therefore not possible.

The department is now considering putting out a notification granting a 45-day extension for conversion of registration of such autos to smart cards.