Traffic police, RTO start drive to crack down on violators
15-day campaign to check six common offence including speeding
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.