1. Driving while drunk? Lose licence for three months

Driving while drunk? Lose licence for three months

This was announced by the state government today to deal with the menace of drunken driving and also reduce accidents on roads.

By: | Published: January 2, 2016 12:29 PM

Motorists found driving under the influence of alcohol and breaking other traffic rules will now have their driving licences suspended for three months in Maharashtra.

This was announced by the state government today to deal with the menace of drunken driving and also reduce accidents on roads.

Speaking to reporters here at Mantralaya, Transport Minister Diwakar Raote said in 24 hours beginning on New Year eve, Traffic Police registered 10,534 offences. Of these, 705 related to drunken driving, 1,906 to driving without helmets 1,906 and 7,923 were related to other violations.

“In view of the constant registration of higher number of cases of drunken driving, the government has decided to suspend driving licences of the offenders for three months.

“A similar action will be taken against those found indulging in rash and over-speeding, jumping traffic signals, overloading goods vehicles, carrying passengers in goods vehicles and speaking on mobile phones while driving,” Raote said.

The minister said wearing of helmets on two-wheelers shall be made mandatory all over the state. Those found not using helmets or wearing seat belts while driving will have to compulsorily attend two hours of counselling sessions.

The Minister said his endeavour was to drastically reduce incidents of drunken driving and traffic violations.

In Mumbai, 16,324 cases of drunken driving were recorded in 2011. Last year, this number stood at 14,602, he said.
After the installation of CCTvs in Mumbai, the Traffic Department will now depute officers of the Regional Transport Office (RTO) to act against road rule violations, he said.

Referring to the government’s decision to re-issue 60,000 permits of autorickshaws in major cities like Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Nashik and Nagpur, he said they will be issued online.

“Five per cent of the permits to be allotted have been reserved for women,” the minister said.

Raote further said the condition of one year driving experience for women autorickshaw drivers has been waived.
He said the applicants will have to be a domicile of the state for 15 years and should have knowledge of Marathi language.

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  1. R
    Jan 2, 2016 at 11:04 am
    if the police want to solve this ? can do ? simple police know how many wine store and Bar are the in town catch people. outside the wine store and Bar movement the guys come out in a drunk stage and started his vehicle all the problem will get solved but ? if they do that how will the govt run? all are just a eye wash.
    1. P
      Jan 2, 2016 at 9:19 am
      festive news for mumbai's corrupt police....
      1. P
        Jan 2, 2016 at 9:20 am
        now they will ask for 1000 instead of 500 or else we will suspend ur licence for 90 days instead of 30 days
        1. S
          Sameer Krishnakant
          Jan 2, 2016 at 10:43 am
          Traffic rules are made a mockery by two wheeler drivers!!! they are rough, loud & totally oblivious to Road Safety, endangering their own lives as well as the pedestrians. The 2 wheeler drivers even break rules, when they have children with them!!! the children will also learn to break laws & take short cuts, in life. The authorities are totally helpless against these marauders!!! God help us.

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