In 7 years, Mumbai cops amass Rs 23.5 crore in drink-driving fines
The Mumbai cops have collected Rs 23.49 crore as fines in drink-driving cases over the past seven years and have suspended more than 45,000 driving licenses between June 2007 and October this year.mumbai Updated: Nov 13, 2014 22:02 IST
The Mumbai Police have collected Rs 23.49 crore as fines in drink-driving cases over the past seven years and have suspended more than 45,000 driving licenses between June 2007 and October this year.
The data was part of an affidavit filed in Bombay high court on Thursday.
Across the state, 2.96 lakh cases related to drunken driving were registered and Rs 45.55 crore collected as fines between 2006 and August this year.
The division bench of justice AS Oka and justice GS Kulkarni was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking greater compensation for the affected parties in the hit-and-run case involving actor Salman Khan. The petition also sought amendments to the law relating to such offences.
At the last hearing, additional solicitor general Anil Singh had told the court that the bill with proposed amendments to the Indian Penal Code was intended to be introduced during the Winter Session of Parliament.
This year, the Mumbai Police made out 11,480 cases of drunken driving till October 9, suspending 2,510 licenses in the process and collecting Rs 2.35 crore in fines.
The state government has said that it has put large banners across various road junctions advising people not to drink and drive.
“Similarly, workshops of office bearers and members of associations of trucks, tempos, taxis, auto rickshaws etc are being arranged and they are advised not to drink and drive,” the government stated.
It further stated that it has agreed to recommendations of the Law Commission on amendments to the Indian Penal Code.
It also said that the state had in 2010 passed a bill to amend sections of the Motor Vehicles Act for increasing the compensation and fines in such cases. However, the Centre did not support the bill as it was in the process of amending the Act itself, stated the affidavit filed by Charushila C Tambekar, joint secretary to the state government.
The additional solicitor general was asked to provide further details at the next hearing about the progress made in amending the Act.
The court also questioned how a compensation formula fixed in the early 1990s could be applicable today.
The matter will next be heard on December 16.