MVD launches special drive to curb traffic rule violations

Appeals school managements to follow SC guidelines

Srinagar: In order to curb the traffic violations, Motor Vehicle Department (MVD) Kashmir on Thursday launched a special drive against drivers found flouting traffic rules and norms across all the districts of Kashmir.

The move is aimed to inculcate the traffic discipline and to reduce the accidents, rash and negligent driving and control various offences under the Motor Vehicles Act.

The MVD in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district, ARTOs team blacklisted 42 vehicles on Thursday for the violation of traffic rules including plying vehicles without speed limiting devices, wrong parking and carrying of extra passengers by the commercial vehicles and penalities were recovered.

In central Kashmir’s, Budgam district, 25 vehicles were blacklisted for tampering with SLD besides 2 driving licenses and 3 route permits have been seized and are being processed for suspension and other penalities. Documents of 25 other vehicles were retained by the ARTO for further processing under the provisions of MV Act. Besides, 20 other vehicles have been blacklisted in Ganderbal district on Thursday.

In North Kashmir, 9 bikes and two auto rickshaws were seized by ARTO Bandipora, 20 vehicles were also blacklisted for violation of traffic rules especially by the youth in Sumbal area by ARTO Bandipora.

“The drive will continue as per the special orders issued by the Transport Commissioner”, stated the Regional Transport Officer Kashmir, Syed Shahnawaz Bukhari. As per the order, all RTOs, ARTOs and enforcement wings shall participate in the drive, he said adding that he will be personally supervising the drive across Kashmir.

RTO stated that driving without a licence, driving without a helmet, rash driving has commonly been observed among the youth in cities and towns, while driving without a seat belt, without valid insurance and over speeding is a general menace.

He said such  traffic violations will be seriously  looked into by the department and all violators will be booked and not only their licences shall be suspended and cancelled under the provisions of MVA, but also the lists with names and photographs shall be published and made public.

The RTO Kashmir further stated that since the Schools are opening in the valley after winter break, it’s an occasion to remind the school managements and parents to strictly follow MVA norms and the Supreme Court guidelines, as an obligation to ensure the safety of schoolchildren.

He said the MVD shall also conduct a special drive and seize all such school vehicles that are found violating the provisions of law or flouting any instructions and guidelines.

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