The Minister of Justice and a general attorney, Johnston Busingye, yesterday, launched a new hi-tech system that combines various services of the Rwanda National Police (RNP) traffic and road safety department that were otherwise being handled manually.
The official launch of the IT-system was held in Kacyiru, and also attended by the State Minister for Transport, Alexis Nzahabwanimana, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel K. Gasana, and Deputy IGPs; Dan Munyuza of Operations and Juvenal Marizamunda of Administration and Personnel, among others.
Traffic officers will now be using the Hand-Held Terminal (HHT), a newly acquired device that replaces the usual paper traffic fine receipt, motor-vehicle mechanical inspection queues and process of acquiring a driver’s license.
With the new system, traffic officers will no longer have to confiscate traffic related documents of the offender. The device is used to scan the driver’s license and the offender receives an instant message indicating the offence and the fine, which can be cleared either through telecom banking systems or VISA payment.
Owners of vehicles will also be booking online to have their automobiles’ mechanical status checked, and they will be receiving instant messages on where, when and the time the vehicle will be inspected.
The new system also has an Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) which, by just pointing a camera on the number plates, can recognize if the vehicle is on the stop or wanted list for certain offences, and can automatically check the validity of the vehicle’s mechanical inspection certificate, insurance, the owner and its crash or traffic offences’ records.
Minister Busingye described the new hi-tech traffic control system as one of the outstanding milestones that Rwanda National Police should be proud of.
“This is a unique, fast and accurate IT system that responds to the needs of Rwandans in service excellence, and continues to give value to our country in service delivery,” the Minister said.
Meanwhile, Commissioner of Police (CP) George Rumanzi said that the new IT initiatives comes to address a lot of challenges that existed including registering and processing of driver’s license and authenticity, elimination of fraud in driver’s identity and forgery; checking of driver’s records (offences and defaulters), easy and cashless payment and verification, among others.
“The system is built in such a way that all data will be transferred in real time, analyzed quickly and action taken using scientific facts” said CP Rumanzi.
According to police statistics, accidents in the last quarter reduced by 37 percent. The system has a data base that also connects other players including Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA), the national identification agency – NIDA – and telecom companies that send instant messages.