Parents too told to insist upon their wards obtain a licence before taking to the road

Driving without a licence or violation of traffic rules may lead to confiscation of the vehicle. The city police have, in the last few days, been taking a serious view of such “violations” of the MV Act by two-wheeler users.

On Saturday, they took possession of 98 vehicles. The seized vehicles that were lined up at the ACP (Traffic) office show the growing number of traffic violations in the city. The violations include driving without licence, triple riding, and lack of insurance cover. Most of the vehicles were seized from youth.

The police conducted a counselling session for the violators in the presence of their parents on Sunday.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) A.V. Ramana told them that obtaining a driving licence was first and foremost prerequisite.

“Unfortunately, vehicle users do not take serious note of it,” he said. Heavy penalty would be imposed if anybody was caught for the second time without a licence. The vehicle would be seized if they were caught for the third time, he warned.

The role of parents would not end with buying a motorcycle of their ward’s choice. “In fact, their duty begins there and parents have to insist upon their wards to obtain a licence before making a demand for a motorcycle,” Mr. Ramana said, adding, “it’s primarily a move towards traffic discipline. There is no intention to put students or parents to hardship.”

The police said the drive would be a continuous process. The police also suggested road users to wear a helmet. Many injuries and deaths could be averted if helmet was used, the police said.

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