Beware! Errant driving can cost your licence in Noida
The Noida traffic police had started an e-challan system to put a check on traffic violation last month. Stepping up their efforts to the further check reckless driving on city roads, the traffic police will soon start seizing the driving licence of negligent motorists.
The driving licence of an errant motorist will remain in police custody for a period of three months, thereby, barring him/ her to drive in the city.
The Transport Department’s move follows the recommendations of a Supreme Court-appointed three-member committee on road safety to the UP government.
The committee, headed by retired Supreme Court judge Justice KS Radhakrishnan, was formed on April 22, 2014, on the basis of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) to measure and monitor the implementation of road safety laws in the country.
Former transport secretary S Sundar and former chief scientist in the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) Nishi Mittal are the two other members of the committee.
The committee also directed the state government to strengthen enforcement on traffic violations and intensify patrolling on highways. The committee recommended changes in Section 19 of the Motor Vehicle Act, which deals with a users’ licence.
The Noida Traffic Police will seize the driving licences of violators for over-speeding, red-light jumping, drunk driving and using phone while driving.
“As per the direction, the traffic police will launch a massive drive against the violators. In order to ensure that the directive is enforced properly, violators will be seized for the first three months,” said a senior traffic official, adding that the transport commissioner’s directive also lays emphasis on the enforcement against goods carrier, which sometimes illegally ferry passengers.
“Such goods careers will also be fined and the driving licence of the drivers will be seized for the same period,” he said.
Meanwhile, the traffic police has issued a total of 65,376 challans and collected Rs 95,20,500 as fine from violations from January to July 2015. During the same period, a total of 505 accidents were reported in the city, in which 175 were fatal.
The violation, for which challans were issued are over-speeding, red-light jumping, drunk driving, using mobile phones while driving, etc.
Survey to identify traffic issues
The Noida Traffic Police have announced to launch a month-long online survey, inviting people’s suggestions and feedback to identify traffic issues in the city. The link to the survey form will be available on traffic police’s Facebook page and Twitter account. To fill in the survey, participants need to share their name, email address, contact number and traffic issues or suggestions that they want to be addressed. The responses will be examined within 15 days and then the course of action would be taken to improve it immediately. The traffic police will also call the complainants if needed.