vehicles

MicroDot technology to check vehicle thefts

The govt will set a new standard to use a technology which involves spraying small dots laser etched with a vehicle identification number throughout the vehicle body. The tech named ‘MicroDots’ makes it almost impossible to remove the dots and hence will prevent the vehicle’s identity. Annually about 2.14 lakh vehicles are stolen across the country with Delhi topping the list at 38,644.

FASTags compulsory to obtain national permit

Vehicle tracking systems and FASTags for electronic toll collection will be made mandatory for all commercial vehicles obtaining the national permit. The proposed amendment also provides that driving license and pollution control certificates can be carried in physical or digital form. It also provides that no fitness certification at the time of registration for new transport vehicles.

FASTags compulsory to obtain national permit

Vehicle tracking systems and FASTags for electronic toll collection will be made mandatory for all commercial vehicles obtaining the national permit. The proposed amendment also provides that driving license and pollution control certificates can be carried in physical or digital form. It also provides that no fitness certification at the time of registration for new transport vehicles.

ISRO scientists test Vikas Engine

ISRO has successfully conducted a ground test of its high thrust version of the Vikas Engine that would improve the payload capability of the space agency’s launch vehicles. The Vikas Engine is the liquid rocket engine used to power the second stage of the ISRO’s trusted Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). The test was conducted at the ISRO Propulsion Complex in Mahendragiri, Tamil Nadu.

ICAT completed first BS-VI certification

ICAT has completed the first BS-VI certification for M/S Volvo Eicher Commercial Vehicle Limited for its heavy-duty engine model. The engine was developed and manufactured in India by Volvo Eicher. It would be implemented on April 1, 2020. ICAT is one of the prime testing agencies recognized by the Government of India.

ISRO’s first ‘pad abort’ test successful

The first ‘pad abort’ test critical for a future human space mission was conducted successfully by ISRO. ‘PAT’ is the 1st in a series of tests to qualify a crew escape system technology of a manned mission in the future. Crew Escape System is an emergency escape measure to quickly pull the crew module along with astronauts to a safe distance from the launch vehicle in event of a launch abort

Tripura starts 24×7 mobile policing service

The Tripura government launched the GPS (Global Positioning System) and wireless-based 24×7 mobile policing service. It will help in curbing crime, especially against women. To operate the ‘mobile policing’ service, a police van or a small vehicle with police personnel would keep patrolling round-the-clock in their assigned zone.

India’s first private UAV factory

India’s first private sector unit for manufacturing unmanned air vehicles (UAV) and light bullet proof vehicles (LBPV) will be set up by DCM Shriram Industries Group in Kota. These UAVs and LBPVs are likely to be used by defence and para-military forces in the country. The new defence unit in Kota is being set up under ‘Make in India’ initiative of the union government.

Permits key to claim insurance: SC

Insurance companies are not liable to compensate accident claims for public transport vehicles plying without permits, the Supreme Court said. ‘Permits’ are authorisation given by State authorities to use motor vehicles as transport vehicles. The verdict came on an accident involving a truck which fatally hit a two-wheeler rider in February 2013 at Pathankot.

SEBI cuts expenses charged by MFs

SEBI has slashed the ‘additional expense’ charged by Mutual Funds to just 5 basis points to help increase the penetration of such products among investors. The move will help reduce the cost of investing in MFs. MF is an investment vehicle made up of a pool of money collected from investors for the purpose of investing in securities such as stocks, bonds, money market instruments.