Chennai: Stating that most road accidents occur due to overspeeding vehicles, state government directed transport vehicle owners and drivers to fix speed governors whenever the vehicle is plying on the road and drive their vehicles only with allowable seating capacity to ensure a safe drive.
In a release the Transport Commissioner stated on Tuesday that as per the recent accident review, it has been found that most accidents occur in our state is due to overspeeding of vehicles and overloading of persons in passenger and goods vehicles. Suspension of driving licence for not less than three months is being strictly enforced for the above offences.
The release stated that several complaints were received of overloading of passengers and overspeeding by stage carriages, mini buses, share autos, auto rickshaws and educational institution vehicles.
Speed governors are being fitted in vehicles as per the notification issued by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, dated April 4, 2015. While issuing F.C., if vehicles are found without speed governors or inactive speed governors, action will be initiated on their permits.
Hence, as per section 183 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, whoever drives a vehicle in violation of the speed limit, shall be punishable with a fine, which may extend to Rs 400 or if having been previously convicted for the same offence, will be punishable with a fine which may extend to Rs.1000.
The Transport Commissioner also stated that whoever causes any person employed by him or is subject to his control in driving, to drive a motor vehicle in contravention of the speed limit referral in Section 112 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988, shall be punishable with fines which may extend to Rs 300 and for the second offence, punishable with fines which may extend to Rs 500.
As per the Tamil Nadu Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, rule 177(1), owners of contract carriages such as share autos, auto rickshaws, maxi cabs, if found plying with persons more than the seating capacity, will be punishable with fine of Rs.100 per person and action will be initiated against the permit.
If the stage carrier is found plying with persons more than the seating capacity, owners will be punishable with temporary suspension of permit for a maximum period of 30 days or with fine of Rs 9000 as compounding fees....