From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :
Prelims level : Microdots
Mains level : Vehicular Safety
- The government has come out with draft rules to make microdots mandatory in vehicles.
- This move will also ensure that consumers have a way of identifying original parts from fake ones and that contributes to overall safety as well.
- The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways issued a draft notification on amending the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, and allowing motor vehicles and their parts, components, assemblies, sub-assemblies to be affixed with permanent and nearly invisible microdots.
- These microdots can be read physically with a microscope and identified with ultraviolet light.
- Microdots are a globally proven technology to ensure originality in spare parts of machines and components, including in the automobile sector.
- The government has envisaged that with microdots becoming a permanent feature in vehicles, identifying them would become easier in case they are stolen.
How it works?
- The microdots and adhesive are to become a permanent fixture/affixation which cannot be removed without damaging the asset itself.
- The microdots are to comply with AIS 155 requirements, if affixed.
- The technology involves spraying thousands of microscopic dots onto vehicles or other assets to form a unique identification.
- Each microdot carries this identification which is registered to the owner, but is not visible to the naked eye.