Licence to be suspended for at least 3 months in case of violation of road safety laws

On 18.08.2015, the Committee constituted by the Supreme
Court of India to monitor and measure implementation of road safety laws in the
country issued directions to the States/UTs to implement road safety laws. The
Committee was of the opinion that stern action should be taken against the
violators of the law and exercise the discretion under Section 19 of the Motor
Vehicle Act, 1988 read with Rule 21 of the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989 by
passing an order disqualifying the offender from holding a driving license for
a specified period and also by seeking imprisonment wherever it is provided
under the law.The directions issued by the Committee are as followed: Driving at a speed exceeding the specified limit,
jumping red light, carrying overload in goods carriages and carrying persons in
goods carriages, driving under influence of drugs and drinks and using mobile
phones while driving will attract Suspension of the licence for a period of not
less than 3 months under Section 19 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 read with
Rule 21 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989. Helmet laws be made applicable all over the
State/UT both for main riders and the pillion riders.  Police should prosecute the offender and seek
imprisonment as prescribed under Section 185 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988
even for the first offence in case a person is found driving under influence of
drinks or drugs. Persons violating seat belt laws to be made
subject to Road Safety Education and Counselling before imposition of fine.

Directing the State/Union Territories to submit Action
Taken Reports at the end of every 3 months starting from 1st Sept, 2015, the
Committee came to a conclusion that unless strong and urgent measures are
taken, the number of accidents and fatalities will continue to remain high.

Source: Legal news India

Leave a Reply