You can lose your driver’s license for 3 months for traffic violations in Punjab, undergo community service or donate blood: The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Jalandhar, July 17

As the Punjab government issued a new notification setting fines and suspension of permits for violation of traffic rules, Additional Police General (Traffic) AS Rai urged people not to break the rules stipulated to limit road accidents.

ADGP (Traffic) said the traffic police wings across Punjab have been instructed to ensure strict adherence to the instructions stipulated in the new notification. In the coming days, the police would set up nakas to check the speed limit, skip red lights, use a mobile phone while driving, the influence of alcohol and drugs while driving, overload and drive more than two people on two wheels.

Seeking the cooperation of the general public, AS Rai said offenders’ licenses will now be suspended for a specific period for the first and second violations, in addition to having to undergo community services suggested by the relevant authorities. ADGP not only urged parents but also school authorities to educate underage children/students on traffic rules in addition to preventing them from driving unless they have obtained a permit. He said that it had been observed that in cities triple riding was practiced by teenagers and other young people, which would be strictly prevented by the imposition of a fixed amount of fine.

Now the police officer with the rank of assistant sub-inspector and above will be allowed to challenge the vehicle for speeding, jumping a red light, using a cell phone while driving, drunk driving and triple driving, he added.

Giving details of the new notification issued by the Department of Transport, ADGP said driving at a speed exceeding the specified speed limit will result in a fine of Rs 1,000 as well as suspension of licenses for a period of three months on the first offence. The composition fee will be double, or Rs 2000 in the event of a second offense with a three-month license suspension. The fine in the amount of Rs 1000 and Rs 2000 as well as suspension of licenses for three months will be imposed respectively on the first and second offense in case of jumping at a red light, he added.

In case of using a mobile phone while driving, the dialing fee is Rs 5,000 for the first offense and Rs 10,000 for the second offense as well as the suspension of the driving license for a period of three months from every time. The ADGP called on people to avoid driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, as this could lead to any untoward incident. The fine amount under this violation is Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000 for the first and second violation in addition to license suspension for three months, respectively, he added.

Violation of overloading carriage and carriage of persons in freight wagons will incur compounding fee of Rs 20,000 and Rs 2,000 per additional ton for excess load and suspension of license for three months on first offense and Rs 40,000 with Rs 2,000 per additional ton for excess load and suspension of license for three months on second offence, he added. Driving more than two people on two wheels will result in a fine of Rs 1000 and Rs 2000 for the first and second offenses as well as license suspension for three months.

Offenders must undergo community service

The notification also provided that speed limit violators and those driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs would have to take the refresher course by the transport authority and then teach at least 20 students between the ninth and twelfth grade for at least two hours in neighboring schools. After the conference, offenders will be issued a certificate by the nodal officer. The offender will perform community service for at least two hours at a nearby hospital as suggested by the doctor in charge, or donate at least one unit of blood to a nearby blood bank.

Milton S. Rodgers