Traffic Offenders Now Named And Shamed

According to the new Central Motor Vehicle Rules, the state transport departments can now put up a list of such persons on their portals who have repeated traffic offences such as drunk driving, speeding, dangerous driving, not wearing helmets, etc. Such offenders now do not only face the risk of being disqualified to hold the driving license but also to find their names with the license numbers in the list of licenses being revoked.

The road transport came out with a set of modified rules on April 1, 2021. The new modifications also aim at educating people on traffic rules and ensure that they are followed. These rules shall allow registration and insurance of those vehicles which have been altered, adapted and retrofitted which was not allowed previously.

The provision enabling the ‘name and shame’ initiative for the repeat offenders who pose a threat to the lives of various people is to promote responsible and behavioral driving. The names of such offenders shall be made public if the aggrieved has not made an appeal within a period of one month from the date of disqualification to hold his driving license or the date from when the appellate authority has dismissed the appeal.

The government has done away with the minimum educational qualification to obtain the driving license for driving commercial vehicles and replaced it with the mandatory requirement of minimum training and language comprehension.

A separate section shall be created on the portal of the transport department websites that shall be called “Revocation of Driving License under subsection (1A) of section 19 of the Act” which will be in a machine-readable electronic, printable, and shareable format so that it can be accessed by the general public.

The Act referred to above is the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.

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