34 two-wheeler riders to lose their driving licence

The Motor Vehicles Department (MVD) has started cracking the whip on motorcyclists for not wearing the mandatory helmet and has decided to “disqualify” the driving licence of 34 two-wheeler riders nabbed during a drive in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday.

The drive was launched the day after Transport Commissioner Rishi Raj Singh issued orders warning that motorcyclists not wearing helmets and those speeding through the road network would attract ‘disqualification’ of the driving licence.

Notice to be issued

Joint Regional Transport Officer P.M. Shaji, who led the drive at Chakka, Enchakkal, and Kowdiar, said the 34 motorcyclists would be issued show cause notice asking them to explain why their driving licence should not be disqualified.

After hearing them, a decision on disqualifying the driving licence for a certain period would be taken by the MVD as per clause 9 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules 21 read with clause (f) of sub-section(1) of Section 19 of the Motor Vehicles Act, he said.

Registration cancelled

The department has decided to cancel the registration certificate of a luxury car for violating the rules regarding the display of number plate on the vehicle.

The official said the registration number was barely visible and the motorist drove away on being asked to stop near Chakka by the MVD squad.

Of the 106 offences detected, 11 related to not having a valid driving licence. Three persons were booked for speeding, another three for dangerous driving, two for using mobile phone, three for carrying excessive load, and five for not wearing seat belt.

Insurance

Three vehicles that did not have valid insurance, two that had not paid the road tax, and another two that had fixed more horns were booked. Four cars that still carried the cooling film were fined.

Two-wheelers have been asked not to cross the maximum speed limit of 50 km an hour. Violation of the speed limit will attract penalty and drastic action under Section 112 of the Motor Vehicles Act.

The official said the drive would continue in the coming days as the department had decided to take stern action against those not wearing helmets.