| A policeman fines a traffic offender on Fraser Road on Sunday. Picture by Ashok Sinha |
Think twice before violating traffic rules.
Patna traffic police have recommended cancellation of driving licences of over 1,200 people for violating traffic rules under relevant sections of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.
A list of the violators was submitted to the district transport department officials for initiating action under Section 19 of the act on Saturday. This is perhaps for the first time that such a proposal has been sent to the office of the district transport officer (DTO) for initiating action.
Traffic superintendent of police Rajiv Mishra said the drive was launched about two-and-a-half-months ago after he assumed charge.
Most of the offenders were first-time violators. Under provisions of the new rule, notices are served on the violators asking them to appear before the district transport officer, who conduct hearing of the complaints against them on a regular basis. “If the person in question fails to appear before the officer concerned on the scheduled date, reminders are sent to him/her. Even after that the person does not appear and seems reluctant, the process of cancellation of his/her driving licence is initiated,” Mishra clarified.
The scrutiny of the list of the violators revealed that of 1,250 people found to be liable for punishment under the new provisions, 900 were drivers of autorickshaws and the remaining 300 were behind the private four-wheelers. “The list also contained the names of the drivers of a few buses plying on the city roads,” an officer said. He, however, hastened to add that it did not mean that the drivers of two-wheelers had been spared.
DTO Dinesh Kumar Rai confirmed that his office has received the recommendations. “Notices have been served on some of the offenders, who have been asked to appear before me on the scheduled dates. Let’s us see how many of them turn up,” he added.