More than 10 months after a Supreme Court committee on road safety directed all states and union territories to disqualify traffic rule offenders from holding a driving licence for a specified period and also seek imprisonment wherever it is provided under the law, there has only been partial implementation in the tricity.
Chandigarh is yet to implement the directive, SAS Nagar has suspended more than 30 licences this calendar year and the Panchkula police has suspended around 400 driving licences over the past two months.
Justice KS Radhakrishnan had headed the committee that listed six offences — speeding, drunken driving, red-light jumping, violation of helmet laws and seat-belt laws, the use of mobile phones while driving and over-loading — for which licence could be suspended.
Chandigarh traffic police to soon implement order
Gur Iqbal Singh Sidhu, who has been given the charge of SP (traffic), Chandigarh, in the absence of Eish Singhal, said, “Previously, we did not have powers to suspend driving licences directly and could only recommend this to the Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA). Now, we have the power to seize licences of drivers flouting rules. The implementation orders are pending at the administrative level. This will be done soon.”
In Mohali, besides suspension, other measures are already being taken to shame offenders.
Even as the police here has suspended an average of four licences a month starting this year, the focus is also on creating awareness and self-regulation in compliance with traffic rules. SAS Nagar district transport officer Karan Singh has introduced a system of asking people to pledge that they would follow traffic rules when they visit his office for release of documents.
The SC Road Safety Committee had recommended that a driving licence be suspended for not less than three months under Section 19 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988, read with Rule 21 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 for driving at a speed exceeding the specified limit.