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Cracking the whip on erring motorists

An Action Plan has been worked out by Transport Commissionerate to check motor vehicles from August 5 to enforce road discipline including ensuring that pillion riders travelling in two-wheelers in the State wear helmet.

The Enforcement Squads of the Motor Vehicles Department (MVD), the Motor Vehicle Inspectors, the Assistant Motor Vehicle Inspectors of the MVD, and personnel of the Kerala Police will jointly carry out the drive from August 5 to 31.

Wearing of seat belts and helmets by motorcyclists and pillion riders would be under scanner from August 5 to 7, unauthorised parking from August 8 to 10, general overspeeding and that near school zones (August 11 to 13), drunk driving and lane traffic (August 14 to 16), and use of mobile phone while driving from August 17 to 19, official sources told The Hindu.

Violations of zebra crossing and red light jumping by motorists would be in focus from August 20 to 23, errors involving speed governors and overload from August 24 to 27, and breach of rules concerning cooling film, extra lights, and music system in contract carriages would be subject to scrutiny from August 28 to 31.

The Action Plan was worked out based on the meeting convened by Transport Minister A.K. Saseendran in the wake of Principal Secretary, Transport, K.R. Jyothilal’s letter to the Transport Commissioner and the State Police Chief to ensure that pillion riders to wear helmets and four-wheeler passengers wear seat belts as asked by Supreme Court.

To drum up support for the drive and to avoid complaints, Mr. Saseendran and Minister for Public Works G. Sudhakaran would interact with District Collectors and District Police Chiefs through video-conferencing on August 1 on the way forward and on the action plan.

On August 2, the Transport Minister would meet the office-bearers of the Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA) and Film Employees Federation of Kerala (FEFKA) in Kochi to seek their support in enforcing road discipline and to create awareness among the road users.

A two-tier committee at the State and district level was mooted to monitor checking and to bring down the fatalities. At the State level, the IGP, Traffic, would be the nodal officer and the district-level work would be overseen by the Distrct Police Chief.

The officials were told to be harsh on vehicles parking in no-parking zones, footpaths and 20 metres on both sides of the median opening, and overstepping the stopline. Those caught for overspeeding and drunk driving would have to attend the awareness class and would face suspension of licence.

Source: thehindu.com

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