Driving licence to be suspended for minimum of 3 months on traffic rule violation: Supreme Court panel

A Supreme Court appointed committee on Wednesday asked all states and union territories to suspend licence of all traffic rule violators for a minimum of three months, LiveLaw.in reported.

Supreme court panel for road safety has told all states to suspend licence for three months on violation of traffic rules

The panel, headed by former Supreme Court judge K S Radhakrishnan, listed the violations which include over speeding, red light jumping, carrying overload in good carriages, people travelling in goods carriages, driving under the influence of alocohol and drugs and using cell phones while driving.

In case of two-wheelers, helmet laws will be mandatory for the main rider and the pillion rider. The panel also decided that on violation of this rule, the offender will be imposed a fine as prescribed under the Motor Vehicle Act and subject to a two hour Road Safety Education and Counselling session.

“The Committee further directs that in case of driving a vehicle under the influence of drinks or drugs, the police should prosecute the offender and seek imprisonment as prescribed under Section 185 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 even for the first offence,” the report said. They have also asked every State and Union Territory to submit reports of action taken at the end of every month starting from September 1.

LiveLaw.in also stated that the pane submitted four reports to the Supreme Court from October 2014 to March 2015 which showed an increase in number of road fatalities due to lack of implementation of safety laws. According to the statistics provided by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, 1,37, 572 people were killed in 2014, the article stated.

The panel was formed on April 22, 2014 on the basis of a Public Interest Litigation to implement road safety laws in the country.