Drive to curb road accidents

The Motor Vehicles Department (MVD) will strictly enforce rules to bring to book those violating traffic and motor vehicle rules, as part of a drive to curb road accidents and ensure road discipline.

State Transport Commissioner Rishi Raj Singh, who chaired a meeting of senior officials here on Saturday, said MVD personnel had been asked to suspend driving licences for six months of those found indulging in drunk driving.

Use of mobile phones

Use of mobile phones while driving, speeding, and rash and negligent driving would also invite the same action, he said.

He also directed Regional Transport Officers and Joint Regional Transport Officers to take action against those not wearing helmets and seatbelts.

Lane discipline

Mr. Singh also instructed officials to ensure lane discipline by creating awareness among motorists during the first half of July. Those violating lane rules would be booked after July 15. Motor Vehicle Inspectors (MVIs) and Assistant MVIs had been asked to book at least 15 cases daily.

For transparency

Official sources told The Hindu that cameras would be installed in the 18 Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) and 55 sub-RTOs in the State to ensure transparency and avoid middlemen.

Awareness drive

The department would also take steps to create awareness among the public on the online services of the MVD, they said.

Mr. Singh, who took charge recently, said he would be available at the MVD headquarters three days a week. He would visit offices on other days, he said.

Complaints

Complaint redressal forums had been set up at the MVD headquarters, Deputy Transport Commisionerates, and at the RTO level.

Complaints and suggestions over telephones and e-mails would be accepted.

A team would work round the clock to take care of complaints and forward these to the officers concerned.

Adalats

Adalats would be organised to hear complaints.

The first adalat would be chaired by the Transport Commissioner on July 8 and 9 in Kannur and Kasaragod, Mr. Singh said.