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Home Ministry Directs States to Implement Harsh Provisions for Traffic Violation

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On the backdrop of increasing number of accidents on roads, the Union Home Ministry has issued directives to state governments and union territories to implement harsh sections of the Indian Penal Coode (IPC) and the Motor Vehicle Act. This follows the Delhi government’s proposal to implement odd/even cars to reduce air pollution and other mishaps on the road.

The state governments were also advised to exercise extreme caution while granting licenses to the drivers. According to the ministry’s communication, it is highly important for the drivers to be aware of the safety rules. The license issuing officials must put in place a robust system for competence evaluation to ensure that only eligible applicants pass the motor vehicles tests. The State government authorities were also asked to utilize various technologies such as speed radar guns, issuing e-challans to ensure better enforcement of rules, says the advisory

It is a common scenario to see a rise in number of accidents during the Christmas and New Year eve. According to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), over speeding and reckless driving are the key reasons for most of the road accidents, along with driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. According to statistics maintained by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, during 2014 out of 4,89,400 reported road accidents, there were 1,39,671 fatalities.

There is a need to make civil society sensitive on the dangerous effect of over speeding, rash driving and other traffic rule violations so that they not only convince the drivers to comply with such requirements but also come forward to inform police of such violations through photo or video proofs, the communication adds.

On the backdrop of increasing number of accidents on roads, the Union Home Ministry has issued directives to state governments and union territories to implement harsh sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Motor Vehicle Act. This follows the Delhi government’s proposal to implement odd/even cars to reduce air pollution and other mishaps on the road.

The state governments were also advised to exercise extreme caution while granting licenses to the drivers. According to the ministry’s communication, it is highly important for the drivers to be aware of the safety rules. The license issuing officials must put in place a robust system for competence evaluation to ensure that only eligible applicants pass the motor vehicles tests. The State government authorities were also asked to utilize various technologies such as speed radar guns, issuing e-challans to ensure better enforcement of rules, says the advisory

It is a common scenario to see a rise in number of accidents during the Christmas and New Year eve. According to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), over speeding and reckless driving are the key reasons for most of the road accidents, along with driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. According to statistics maintained by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, during 2014 out of 4,89,400 reported road accidents, there were 1,39,671 fatalities.

There is a need to make civil society sensitive on the dangerous effect of over speeding, rash driving and other traffic rule violations so that they not only convince the drivers to comply with such requirements but also come forward to inform police of such violations through photo or video proofs, the communication adds.

 

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