Carry orig­i­nal li­cence or face po­lice ac­tion

Vi­o­la­tors are li­able to be pun­ished with a jail term of up to three months, a fine of up to ₹500 or both

The Hindu - - CHENNAI - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

The traf­fic po­lice plan to pros­e­cute mo­torists who do not carry their orig­i­nal driv­ing li­censes from Fri­day, when the rule is likely to be im­ple­mented ef­fec­tively.

The city po­lice had al­ready con­ducted aware­ness cam­paigns on the sub­ject by dis­tribut­ing pam­phlets to mo­torists at sev­eral junc­tions.

Strict im­ple­men­ta­tion

“The rule will be ef­fec­tively im­ple­mented as the Supreme Court has em­pha­sised the ne­ces­sity of the strict and faith­ful en­force­ment of all ex­ist­ing laws,” said a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer.

Traf­fic po­lice of­fi­cers pointed out that as per Sec­tion 3 of the Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles Act 1988, no per­son can drive a ve­hi­cle un­less he holds an ef­fec­tive driv­ing li­cence.

An­other pro­vi­sion states that the driver of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle shall, on de­mand by any po­lice of­fi­cer in uni­form, pro­duce his li­cence for ex­am­i­na­tion.

The Act states that those driv­ing with­out a valid li­cence are li­able to be pun­ished with a jail term of up to three months, a fine of up to ₹500 or both.

In an ef­fort to bring down the num­ber of road ac­ci­dents, the Supreme Court Com­mit­tee on Road Safety had in­structed States to can­cel the driv­ing li­cences of mo­torists in­volved in cer­tain vi­o­la­tions.

No ex­cuse: The city po­lice re­cently con­ducted aware­ness cam­paigns on the sub­ject by dis­tribut­ing pam­phlets to mo­torists at sev­eral junc­tions.

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