Traf­fic po­lice, RTO start drive to crack down on vi­o­la­tors

15-day cam­paign to check six com­mon of­fence in­clud­ing speed­ing

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VASHI: Fol­low­ing the or­ders of a Supreme Court com­mit­tee and the state gov­ern­ment re­cently, a 15-day joint drive of Navi Mum­bai deputy RTO and Navi Mum­bai traf­fic po­lice started on Wed­nes­day in the city to crack down on vi­o­la­tions of Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles Act 1988.

The drive is be­ing con­ducted to es­pe­cially check six com­mon of­fences which now lead to sus­pen­sion of the driver’s li­cence for three months apart from a penalty. The of­fences are speed­ing, jump­ing sig­nals, over­load­ing of goods ve­hi­cle, car­ry­ing pas­sen­gers in goods ve­hi­cle, drink driv­ing and talk­ing on mo­bile phone.

The drive was con­ducted at sev­eral places within NMMC ju­ris­dic­tion from Airoli to CBD Be­la­pur, es­pe­cially on high­ways and junc­tions where there is a large vol­ume of traf­fic.

San­jay Dhaigude, deputy RTO, Navi Mum­bai, said: “The Supreme Court Com­mit­tee on Road Safety headed by Jus­tice KS Rad­hakr­ish­nan has asked the gov­ern­ments of all states to take stern ac­tion against the vi­o­la­tors of the law.”

He added, “A meet­ing was called by trans­port min­is­ter Di­vakar Raote on Tues­day de­cided to con­duct a spe­cial 15-day joint trans­port and traf­fic po­lice drive.”

Dhaigude said that the drive started on Wed­nes­day and sev­eral mo­torists were is­sued no­tices for vi­o­la­tions. “Their li­cences will be sus­pended. Th­ese in­clude those who have li­cences of other states or dis­tricts. We will in­form the RTO of­fices there ac­cord­ingly,” he said.

Deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (traf­fic) Arvind Salve, said: “The gov­ern­ment has is­sued a GR un­der sec­tion 19 of MVA Act which per­mits spec­i­fied of­fi­cials

of the RTO to sus­pend li­cences in spe­cific cases of vi­o­la­tions.”

He said that he had formed two spe­cial squads of traf­fic po­lice at­tached to Navi Mum­bai RTO as only the RTO of­fi­cials have the right to sus­pend li­cence.”

He added, “All our of­fi­cials and per­son­nel have been asked to en­sure max­i­mum cases un­der sec­tions which will lead to sus­pen­sion of the li­cences. For now, we are tar­get­ing NMMC area and

then will con­duct sim­i­lar drives in other ar­eas too.”

Salve said, “The ob­jec­tive of the drive is to in­crease aware­ness on the safety pre­cau­tions that the mo­torists need to take and in­cul­cate dis­ci­pline amongst them.”

Salve said that “Mo­torists should strictly fol­low all the rules of seat­belt, hel­met, lane cross­ing and obey the safety ori­ented in­struc­tions. It will help curb ac­ci­dents and also en­sure smooth traf­fic.”


Traf­fic po­lice and RTO of­fi­cials con­duct a drive at San­pada to check vi­o­la­tors of Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles Act on Wed­nes­day.

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