Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sen­gupta sang­hami­tra.sen­gupta@hin­dus­tan­

Driv­ing with­out hel­met or plan­ning to skip a sig­nal think­ing that you have to shell only a few hundred ru­pees and you will be spared? Be­ware, be­cause now if you flout traf­fic rules, you will lose your driv­ing li­cence for the next three months.

The deputy re­gional trans­port of­fice at Vashi has been act­ing tough on such of­fend­ers and has al­ready sus­pended around 316 li­cences for var­i­ous of­fences un­der the Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles Act from Jan­uary 1 to April 13.

The ac­tion for sus­pend­ing li­cences for 90 days was ini­ti­ated fol­low­ing the or­ders from the state trans­port de­part­ment to sus­pend li­cences for flout­ing traf­fic norms from Jan­uary 1.

Ac­cord­ing to the records, of the 316, the max­i­mum sus­pen­sion of li­cences has been for over­load­ing ve­hi­cles, which were 128. While talk­ing on the mo­bile phone while driv­ing saw 68 of­fend­ers, 42 mo­torist’s li­censes were sus­pended for rid­ing with­out hel­met while 39 li­censes were sus­pended for over­seat­ing. A to­tal of nine­teen li­censes were re­voked for sig­nal jump­ing, 17 li­censes were sus­pended for driv­ing with­out seat­belt, two for over speed­ing and one li­cense was sus­pended for fer­ry­ing pas­sen­gers in goods ve­hi­cles. For all the of­fence reg­is­tered, a to­tal fine amount of Rs15. 79 lakh has been col­lected.

Once a mo­torist is caught for an of­fence that amounts to a three­month sus­pen­sion, the li­cence is seized by a traf­fic of­fi­cer and given to the RTO of­fi­cer for sus­pen­sion. The of­fi­cials from the traf­fic de­part­ment said, ac­cord­ing to rules, an RTO of­fi­cer has to be present with the traf­fic po­lice for the im­me­di­ate sus­pen­sion of li­cences. “The pow­ers to sus­pend the li­cences rest with the RTO. The traf­fic po­lice can only con­fis­cate the li­cences and send them to the RTO for fur­ther ac­tion,” said Arvind Salve, DCP, traf­fic.

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