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Talking on phone while driving? Get ready to lose licence for 3 months

The Chandigarh traffic police, complying with recommendations of the Supreme Court road safety committee, has suspended at least 3,120 driving licences for violation of specific traffic rules since January this year .

punjab Updated: Jul 06, 2017 13:48 IST
Shailee Dogra
The driving licence is suspended for three months for specific offences as recommended by the SC panel.
The driving licence is suspended for three months for specific offences as recommended by the SC panel.(HT File Photo)

Think twice before using your mobile phone while driving or jumping a traffic signal. You will end up losing your licence for three months.

The Chandigarh traffic police, complying with recommendations of the Supreme Court road safety committee, has suspended at least 3,120 driving licences for violation of specific traffic rules since January this year .

The committee has issued instructions to all states and UTs and their departments concerned to suspend the licence of a driver for a period not less than three months for driving under the influence of drink or drugs, using a mobile phone while driving and driving at a speed exceeding the specified limit, which in the committee’s view also includes jumping a traffic light, The penalty is imposed under Section 19 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988, read with Rule 21 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989.

“If a person is caught using a mobile phone even for the first time, we are suspending the driving licence,” said Krishan Kumar, deputy superintendent of police (DSP), traffic (central zone). “This means a person caught for violation of traffic rules will not be able to drive vehicle for three months.”

What if a person is caught driving a vehicle after his or her licence has been suspended?

“The vehicle is impounded and challan is issued. The challan is sent to court, which then decides what action is to be taken,” said the DSP.

The licence is sent back to the registered address of the violator after the completion of the period of suspension through registered post.

What were SC panel recommendations

The Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety headed by Justice KS Radhakrishnan has recommended strong action to check the increasing road fatalities.

The committee called for urgent measures to deal with speeding, drunken driving, red light jumping, violation of helmet and seat belt laws, use of mobile phones while driving, and overloading.

The committee in November 2016 had directed chief secretaries of all states and UTs to take “stern action against the violators of the law by passing an order disqualifying the offender from holding a driving licence for a specified period and also by seeking imprisonment wherever it is provided under the law.”

How it works

The offender’s licence is impounded on spot by the traffic police. It is then sent to the registration and licensing authority (RLA) with recommendation of suspension of licence for three months. It is the RLA that suspends the licence. The licence is sent back to the registered address of the violator after the completion of the period through registered post.

What if caught again

If caught without licence, the vehicle is impounded and challan is issued. The challan is sent to court, which then decides what action is to be taken.