Friday, 9 June 2017

Urban Transport Policy



Times of India ( 08 June 2017 ) carries following news report :




“ You may soon have to pay more for new cars , parking “



The Maharashtra Government has come up with a new Urban Transport Policy draft



Highlights of the policy are :


·         Introducing additional charges to the cost of vehicle


·         Fixing parking charges based on location / high parking fees / reducing overall supply of parking ( ? )


·         Reduce private vehicles in urban areas / discourage use of personal motor vehicles


·         Boost public transport


·         Transit oriented development ( ? )


·         Prioritizing funds for sustainable motorized transport projects


·         Equitable public transport fare structure


·         Annual revision of fare structure to account for inflation


·         Subsidies to cover the viability gap for public or private operators of public transport services


·         Infrastructure development for WALKING , CYCLING and Public Transport





Public suggestions / objections are invited ( to send to which email id ? )



MY SUGGESTIONS :


·         Do not frame rules / regulations which cannot be implemented . Any un-implementable / un-enforceable rule will only increase  CORRUPTION



·         As far as possible , eliminate the “ human intervention “ in the implementation of rules / regulations . Instead resort to use of impartial / unbiased technology , eg :



#   e-challans through CCTV cameras as done at several junctions in Mumbai


#   video-capture of speeding vehicles by drones on Mumbai-Pune highway


#   automatic deduction of toll without stopping of vehicles at toll naka ( through
     installation of prepaid RFID sensors )


#   Proposed introduction of End of Train telemetry ( EoTT ) equipment on 6000
     railway engines ( of 1000 Freight Trains ) , eliminating the need for Guards .


    EoTT equipment is used to establish communication between the loco driver and
    the last wagon of the train, to ensure that the train is running with all coaches and
    wagons , as complete unit


    The equipment is designed to do the “ Guard’s Job “ by notifying the loco driver in
    case any coaches detach from the rear of the train



·         The transport policy should provide for PENALTIES or INCENTIVES , depending upon :



      #   Petrol-Diesel  Vs  Electric – Hybrid


#   Running on crowded city roads Vs running on wide open highways


#   Running during peak traffic hours Vs lean traffic hours


#   Parked on public roads Vs parked inside building compounds


#   Parked in a parking plot Vs parked in a “ No Parking “ zone


#   Parked at night Vs parked during day


#   Carrying ONE passenger Vs carrying many passengers (no of smart phones ?)


#   Private  Vs  Ride-sharing Taxies



·         Through embedding of RFID chips / sensors in vehicles ( make this MANDATORY for all vehicle manufacturers , from 01 April 2018 )



If someone has any doubt ( as to, how any human can track so many “ Use Cases “ , in order to figure out ( automatically too ) , whom to “ punish “ and whom to “ reward “ , he  should read :



·         Internet of Vehicles ( IoV )

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·         Who Says, IMPOSSIBLE ?



10  June  2017


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