Thiruvananthapuram: With the enforcement of the Supreme Court committee recommendations on road safety, the licence of traffic rule offenders will be suspended for three months from Saturday. Nearly 1.5 lakh people may lose their licence for one month with the implementation of the decision. The motor vehicle department decided to implement the decision of the committee in the state as it was found that there was a decrease of upto 20 per cent in places were the recommendations were implemented.
The SC panel headed by Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan in 2015 had held that unless strong and urgent measures are taken to deal with speeding, drunken driving, red light jumping, violation of helmet laws and seat belt laws, the use of mobile phones while driving, and overloading, the number of accidents will continue to remain high.
The committee has issued specific instructions to all states and UTs and their concerned departments to suspend the licence of a driver for a period of not less than three months under Section 19 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 read with Rule 21 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 for driving at a speed exceeding the specified limit, red light jumping; carrying overload in goods carriages and carrying persons in goods carriages; driving vehicles under the influence of drink and drugs; and using mobile phone while driving a vehicle. The panel had also directed that in case of driving a vehicle under the influence of drinks or drugs, the police should prosecute the offender and seek imprisonment as prescribed under Section 185 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988—even for the first offence.