Chennai: Madras high court has refused to consider request of Tamil Nadu Lorry Owners Federation to extend the interim order of the single judge, who restrained government authorities demanding original driving license at the time of plying the vehicle till Tuesday.
On Friday, the state government informed the court that recent notification by state transport department directing the motorists to carry the original license while plying the vehicle would not be implemented till Tuesday. When the petition filed by Tamil Nadu Lorry Owners Federation and Traffic Ramasamy came up for hearing before Justice M. Duraiswamy, Advocate General Vijay Narayan informed the court that authorities would not implement the notification till September 5.
The judge also tagged the petition along with the PIL before the First Bench comprising Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M. Sundar. When the matter came up for hearing before the First Bench on Monday the bench refused to extend the interim order.
The notification, which was expected to be implemented from Friday, evoked widespread resentment across the state. The violators would liable to be punished with a jail term of up to three months, a fine of up to `500 or both. And, the traffic police planned to prosecute motorists who failed to keep their original driving licenses from September 1.