The homework is completed and finally Nepal is ready to say goodbye to paper based Nepalese driving licenses. The smart card, a device which communicates only through a single channel on a chip and secures its data storage in coded form will come into use this year, said Sudharshan Dhakal, director general at Department of Transportation Management (DoTM).
The project was assisted by Asian Development Bank with Rs 230 million. In first phase 160,000 cards will be used in test period. Indian firm, Madras Security Printers won the bid last year which is going to complete its tasks on time. The new modern electrical cards will last 10 for years. Llikewise, water and the sun´s rays won´t harm it. It will also make driving licenses safer and more reliable. According DoTM, so far, the Department has issued two million plus driving licenses and this number is increasing by 300,000 every year.