RFID or Radio Frequency Identification has been the talk of town lately. The news is, that starting August 15, any commercial vehicle that has not been tagged with the RFID wouldn’t be able to enter the city. The move has been applauded by many to be good for not just traffic control but also pollution control in Delhi. So let’s have a look at what RFID is and how does it work to curb pollution and manage traffic in the city.

What is RFID?

RFID is a unique identification that each commercial vehicle entering Delhi’s border will now have. It will be a small chip installed atop the windshield of commercial vehicles and would contain necessary information about the said vehicle including its registration, pollution check and even owner related information.

How does it help in traffic management?

Commercial vehicles entering Delhi from other states, need to to pay a green cess of about ₹700-₹1400 depending on the type of vehicle and what it is carrying. They also have to pay toll between ₹100 and ₹2000. Owing to the same, every vehicle spends a considerable amount of time at toll booths, which results in long queues at the toll collection plaza and significant traffic issues.

With the RFID, these vehicles will only have to get scanned and their toll and green cess would be directly deducted through cashless means (already recorded previously during RFID registration). This would not only make checking in faster for the vehicle but would also make monitoring the vehicle a pretty simple task.

What about pollution?

During the RFID registration, all significant information relating to the vehicle would be uploaded in the system which would make it extremely simple to identify vehicles older than 10 years. Identification would directly help the authorities in monitoring the number of vehicles which remain in the city. Ultimately checking the entry of vehicles which can cause pollution in the city, at the end making Delhi breathe better.

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