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Use mobile while driving, refuse to wear a seat belt? Your licence may be suspended for 3 months

Mumbai city news: Maharashtra police have five-year plan to reduce road accidents

mumbai Updated: Jun 05, 2017 11:45 IST
Jayprakash S Naidu
It has been made mandatory for transport vehicles to undergo a yearly fitness test at Nashik.
It has been made mandatory for transport vehicles to undergo a yearly fitness test at Nashik.(HT File Photo)

Introducing a computerised system to judge people applying for a driving licence, suspending drivers’ licences if they commit certain offences, counselling offenders, conducting fitness tests for transport vehicles, examining blackspots across the state and educating school and college students — this is how the police plan to reduce road accidents over the next five years.

“We will ensure that the driving licenses are not allotted easily and that people work hard for them. Today, it is difficult for someone to get a driving license in his first attempt. We have started using a computerised system to judge motorists. This rules out human errors and reduces subjectivity. This system has been introduced in Pimpri-Chinchwad, Pune and Baramati. In another 18 months, it will be installed in 50 more regional transport offices,” Praveen Gedam, Maharashtra’s transport commissioner told HT.

However, motorists’ mindset needs to change, said Gedam. “These people follow the rules and drive properly during the examination as they know they won’t get a licence otherwise. But, they forget their traffic sense once they get a licence. Motorists need to be disciplined and take driving seriously,” he added.

“The Supreme Court formed a committee to monitor road accidents across the country. We will implement their recommendations and also take steps on our own to reduce accidents,” said Satish Sahasrabudhe, joint commissioner, state transport.

The committee recommends that drivers who do not wear seat belts, use cell phones and drive drunk have their licences suspended for three months. Before the licenses are renewed, the offender must be counselled on importance of road safety.

It has been made mandatory for transport vehicles to undergo a yearly fitness test at Nashik.  The test will be video-recorded — a first in the country, said the official. Officials plan to set up several such centres across the state.

A senior official, who did not wish to be identified, said measures to spread awareness among motorists are being planned.Officials are in talks with the education department to inform schoolchildren and college students about road safety measures.

“Curbing road accidents is a herculean task. Not just drivers, but even pedestrians must behave responsibly. Road safety is as simple as having civic sense. If the mindset of people changes, then accidents can be avoided,” said Sahasrabudhe.