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Techies happy to WFH, avoid hassles of Bengaluru

  Amid demand from sectors that also witnessed boom along with the software industry, such as transport and real estate, to scrap the Work From Home (WHF) system, techies who have relocated back to their hometowns are favouring continuation of the system. “My family members are happy as I am in my hometown. With high rent, exorbitant transport cost and ...

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Traffic police commissioner urges citizens to use digital documents

Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) B.R. Ravikanthe Gowda on Thursday urged vehicle owners to use Digilocker or mParivahan mobile applications to keep records of documents, such as Certificate (RC), Driving License (DL), Insurance, Fitness Certificate (FC), Permits, and emission test certificates. The traffic police, on July 5, had enabled payment of fines via Paytm. These efforts are aimed towards increasing ...

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Now, you can pay traffic fines using Paytm

In an effort to add one more option for contactless enforcement, the Bengaluru Traffic Police have enabled payment of fine amount using Paytm. Bengaluru Police Commissioner Kamal Pant launched the service on July 5. This, according to Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) B.R. Ravikanthe Gowda, will provide one more hassle-free and fast payment option for motorists. Earlier, there were options ...

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The Pandemic Put an End to Rush Hour. What Happens Now?

Before everything got weird and terrible, there were these things called rush hours. Between, say, 6 am and 10 am, many people would leave their homes to go to work or school, filling roads, buses, subway cars, and bike lanes. Then, from 3 pm to 7 pm, they would reverse their travels. Then came the global pandemic and nationwide shutdowns, ...

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When Driving Is (Partially) Automated, People Drive More

Researchers, industry executives, and government officials have long puzzled over how self-driving cars might change the planet. If you could do something else while stuck in traffic, would it change the way you use your car? Would you be willing to live farther from work? Alternatively, would the advent of shared self-driving cars prod you to ditch your personal vehicle ...

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The Pandemic Prompts Cities to Rethink the Parking Spot

Officials in Charleston, South Carolina, have been thinking about what to do about parking for close to a decade, says Ross Appel, a city council member and land-use attorney. In January, the council voted to use its emergency powers to do away with parking-minimum policies on its historic King Street for 60 days. The policy is meant to help businesses ...

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The Year of Driving Less—but More Dangerously

In theory, bringing society to a screeching halt should curtail traffic deaths. No one’s going to bars and then driving home; few are commuting to work; the occasional trip to the grocery store does not demand excessive speed. So when swaths of the country ground to a halt this year amid the Covid-19 pandemic, it was easy to predict the ...

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The Pandemic Gives Us a Chance to Change How We Get Around

Micromobility technology, by contrast, is evolving as fast as fruit flies. As Anthony Townsend notes in The Ghost Road, the dockless bike operator LimeBike “put no fewer than nine versions of its flagship bike into service during its first year and a half of operation,” while scooter company VeoRide, he notes, can transform a new idea into “on-street hardware in ...

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