Cops sus­pend 150 li­cences, col­lect `10L fines

RTOs, traf­fic cops act tough on vi­o­la­tors; 113 cases were of ve­hi­cles car­ry­ing goods be­yond be­yond per­mis­si­ble limit

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

In the past one week, Navi Mum­bai and Pan­vel re­gional trans­port of­fices (RTO) have sus­pended around 150 driv­ing li­cences and col­lected around Rs10 lakh in fines.

Fol­low­ing the or­ders of a Supreme Court com­mit­tee and the state govern­ment, the RTOs and Navi Mum­bai traf­fic po­lice have ini­ti­ated a crack­down on vi­o­la­tions of Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles Act, 1988, in the city.

The drive is aimed at vi­o­la­tions of six com­mon of­fences which now lead to sus­pen­sion of the driver’s li­cence for a pe­riod of three months apart from a penalty.

The Navi Mum­bai RTO and traf­fic po­lice started a joint drive from Jan­uary 6 to 12. Ac­tion was taken against 192 mo­torists, in­clud­ing 74 who were car­ry­ing goods be­yond per­mis­si­ble limit.

Other cases in­clude fer­ry­ing pas­sen­gers il­le­gally, speak­ing on phone while driv­ing, not wear­ing seat­belt while driv­ing, not wear­ing hel­met and jump­ing traf­fic sig­nals, among oth­ers.

San­jay Dhaigude, deputy RTO, Navi Mum­bai, said , “The of­fences that now at­tract sus­pen­sion of li­cence for a pe­riod of

three months in­clude speed­ing, jump­ing a red light, over­load­ing of goods ve­hi­cle, car­ry­ing pas­sen­gers in goods ve­hi­cle, drink driv­ing and speak­ing on mo­bile phone while driv­ing.”

Driv­ing li­cences of 31 peo­ple were sus­pended and oth­ers were is­sued no­tices. The RTO has re­cov­ered Rs8,09,000 in penal­ties.

The traf­fic po­lice took ac­tion against 35 mo­torists. Of th­ese 20

mo­torists’ driv­ing li­cences were sus­pended.

Deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (traf­fic) Arvind Salve, said, “We have formed two spe­cial squads of traf­fic po­lice that have been at­tached to Navi Mum­bai RTO as only RTO of­fi­cials have the right to sus­pend li­cences.”

Pan­vel RTO con­ducted a spe­cial drive from Jan­uary 7 to 9, wherein, it can­celled the li­censes of 84 mo­torists for var­i­ous vi­o­la­tions. It has re­cov­ered penal­ties of around Rs1 lakh.

In both the RTO ju­ris­dic­tions, the most num­ber of cases in­volved ve­hi­cles car­ry­ing goods be­yond per­mis­si­ble limit. The num­ber in Pan­vel was 39.

Apart from this, Navi Mum­bai po­lice traf­fic depart­ment started Road Safety Week on Sun­day.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

The traf­fic po­lice had an in­no­va­tive way to drive home the mes­sage on Thurs­day.

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