Tightening the noose around rash drivers, the Punjab Police have made it mandatory to mention details of driving licences of the accused in the first information report (FIR) regarding road crashes leading to death or injuries.
This first-of-its-kind initiative, in turn, would help the police to easily collect and collate such details so as to later recommend cancellation of driving licences to the transport authorities. Thereafter, such rash drivers would lose the right to drive on the roads for life or for a specified period, as decided by the authorities concerned.
"The official circular making it mandatory to mention details of driving licences of such rash drivers in the FIR has already been issued. The officials concerned have been briefed to strictly comply with this direction, aimed at cracking the whip on those involved in reckless driving. The cancellation of driving licences will act as a deterrent and ensure road safety," Gaurav Yadav, Jalandhar police commissioner, told Hindustan Times.
"Since we are uploading the FIRs on our official website on a regular basis, the transport authorities can also access the details of such rash drivers to act against them. We will, however, continue to recommend chargesheeted rash drivers' cases for cancellation of licences," he said.
On July 23, the Jalandhar city police recommended the cancellation of 255 driving licences of drivers against whom chargesheets have been submitted in local courts during the past 42 months. These included three rash drivers already convicted by the court.
"As soon as the transport authority will revoke driving licences of such accused, we will also upload their names and relevant details, including the duration of suspension, on our official website, www.jalandharpolice.com. Public safety on the roads is our utmost priority," Yadav said, adding that the public could access the site to ascertain the facts about such cancellations.
He stated that cases of rash drivers from other districts would also be recommended to the competent authority for initiation of punitive action.
Jalandhar (rural) senior superintendent of police Yurinder Singh Hayre said the accused in cases registered under sections 304-A (causing death by negligence), 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) were being identified from across all police stations and these would be recommended for licence cancellation to the transport authorities.
"The orders to mention licence details in the FIR are being issued to the SHOs concerned," he said.
District transport officer (DTO) Dalwinderjit Singh said the process to cancel driving licences of 255 such accused had been initiated. "The showcause notices under Section 19 of the Motor Vehicle Act are being issued to such drivers through registered post. They have been given seven days to attend the hearing at my office after receipt of the notice, along with a reply on why their licence should not be cancelled," he added.