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