In a drive against underage driving, the traffic police and road safety officers on Wednesday caught 35 students who were driving without a licence and penalised 10 parents for the offence. The police said the drive will continue till April 30.
Underage driving is a major cause of traffic snarls in Gurgaon. The traffic police and school authorities have made repeated attempts to check the practice but it continues unabated.
The parents of erring students were called by the police officials and warned of strict action if their wards continue to use their vehicles.
“Minors are using two-wheelers illegally and parents are providing the vehicles to the school-going children, in violation of sections 3,4 and 5 of Motor vehicle Act (MC Act)-1988. Rash driving by underage students often causes accidents,” a traffic police official said.
Also, school principals have requested the Gurgaon police to ensure that an awareness campaign is conducted during the parent-teacher meetings (PTM), which the majority of parents attend.
“Underage driving is a major concern. Students often use mobile phones while driving, which is risky and this negligence has led to several accidents. Parents who allow their wards to drive vehicles at this age, without a driving licence, are responsible, ” said Jagdish Baweja, a road safety officer.
Officials said that the aim of the drive is to discourage minors from driving. Teams of personnel were deployed near schools and parents of minor students who were using vehicles were penalised.
“We did not impound any vehicle today but we have fined 10 parents Rs1,500 each. We have to be strict and discourage minors from driving their parents’ vehicles,” said Dharamveer Kumar, an RSO.