Hyderabad bans 16 drivers for life: Here’s why such bans make good sense in India

Permanent ban on driving: This is the second time ever since the procedure of permanent cancellation of driving licenses was put into effect, the first one being in November last year when two driver were banned from driving for life.

By:Updated: Jan 25, 2018 7:41 PM
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A total of 16 drivers have been banned from driving for life in Hyderabad after repeated violation of traffic offences. This is the second time such a stern decision has been made against a traffic offender. Two persons had their driving licenses revoked for life in November 2017, which was the first time the procedure of permanent cancellation of licences was out to use. The ban was pronounced by the Third and Fourth Metropolitan Magistrate Court on January 20, according to a Telangana Today report. “The offenders were found involved in more than three cases. Based on their conduct, they were banned from driving vehicles for life,” said V Ravinder, Joint Commissioner of Police, Traffic.

Hyderabad Police had permanently cancelled the driving licenses of two individuals in November last year, and they were also sent to jail. Along with them, the licences of 16 persons were suspended for periods varying from six months to one year as well.

The Joint Commissioner of Police, Traffic, also told Telangana Today that a total of 287 individuals were caught on charges of drunk driving from 1 to 19 January. Out of the 287, 14 were sent to prison, the licenses of 16 were cancelled permanently and the rest of the 58 had their licenses suspended.

One should be aware that those who are caught and convicted for driving under the influence of alcohol have difficulties while applying for government jobs or for obtaining a passport or during visa clearance.

“Despite attending several counselling sessions at Traffic Training Institutes, some persons are repeating traffic violations,” V Ravinder said, while also adding that the traffic police in Hyderabad would not spare repeat offenders and is prepared to take strict action against them.

Hyderabad traffic police’s decision to revoke driving licenses for life is a sound decision as road users need to start taking traffic laws seriously. The lackadaisical or carefree attitude that people have for traffic laws is what leads them to violating them, since getting out of a challan is considered easy in India. We hail the Hyderabad traffic police’s move of banning offenders for life. It’s sad that fear is being used as a form of fixing a situation, but the our traffic system is in a sorry state, and if people fear losing their driving licenses, they may start following traffic rules and hopefully it will become a habit.

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