Motorists who have toyed with the factory settings of their vehicles’ lighting system or have fitted high watt extra lamps to meet their whims are in for trouble.

The Motor Vehicles Department (MVD) officials in the district have launched a special drive targeted against violations in connection with vehicle lighting systems.

Transport Commissioner Rishi Raj Singh has ordered the drive, taking note of numerous occasions where improper and illegal lighting systems have led to spilling of blood on the State’s roads.

The special night drive over and above the normal functioning of the MVD is aimed at ensuring public safety and to minimize the number of fatal accidents owing to unscientific modifications made to vehicle lighting systems.

Vehicles found using high watt lamps, tinted lamps and high intensity discharge lamps; mounted with extra lights on top and the sides of vehicles; detected with dysfunctional brake lights, indicators and parking lights or failure to use them appropriately; and transport vehicles found dangerously parked without sporting retro-reflective stickers will be in the spotlight for the next fortnight.

Motorists guilty of these offences will be charged with a minimum fine of Rs.1,000. They will be asked to remove the additional lamps and produce the vehicles before the MVD authority concerned. Repeated offenders will even have to face tougher penal measures such as suspension of licence.

Deputy Transport Commissioner P.A. Sainudheen has deployed six squads with each squad being led by a motor vehicle inspector (MVI) and two assistant motor vehicle inspectors (AMVI) for the special night drive launched on Monday at 7 p.m. The drive will last late into the night. Though the drive has been planned for 15 days, it is likely to be extended further. Similar drives have been launched in Kottayam and Idukki districts which are under the charge of Mr. Sainudheen.

Squads have been deployed in the Aroor-Angamaly, Aluva-Paravur and Aluva-Perumbavur stretches and on the Perumbavur-Muvattupuzha-Kothamangalam MC Road.

The drive will be supervised by Regional Transport Officer (Enforcement) N.K. Raveendranath and MVIs A. Noufal and Biju James.

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