153 errant drivers lose licences in surprise drive
Pune traffic police has decided to invalidate driving licenses of 153 citizens out of 621 who were found jumping traffic lights and violating other norms yesterday on the old Mumbai-Pune highway stretch from Bopodi to Bhakti-Shakti chowk.
Every vehicle driver and owner has been fined Rs 600 and charged other compounding fees. The campaign was undertaken in order to avert serious accidents caused at the busy junctions owing to citizens jumping signals.
“Most of the staff available with traffic branch was deployed at 13 spots, including Phugewadi, Nashik Phata, Pimpri chowk, Mahavir chowk, Khandobamaal, Tilak chowk, Bhakti-Shakti chowk and University chowk to Jagtap Dairy chowk,” said inspector RS Kamire (traffic planning).
“The unannounced drive was conducted between 9 am and 11am – during rush hours – in order to generate maximum awareness. Only imposing fine on errant drivers has not proven to be a strong enough deterrent. So, we have decided to revoke the licences of these drivers besides collecting fines,” he said.
“According to the revocation procedure, the traffic branch sends these licences to the Regional Transport Office. The officials there then send a notice to the concerned driver or owner of a vehicle, and suspend his licence for 90 to 180 days, depending on the seriousness of the violation,” Kamire added.