Staff Reporter

KOCHI: The motor vehicles department has collected Rs. 60.80 lakh from motorists for various traffic-related offenses in the district during the last one year since January.

Addressing a press conference at Kakkanad near here on Wednesday, Ernakulam Regional Transport Officer C.G. Michael said that during the period, the department had checked 11,287 vehicles. The penalty of over Rs. 60 lakh accounted for spot penalty alone, he said.

The department had seized 368 driving licences for drunken and negligent driving, of which 114 licences were suspended. He said that the department would intensify vehicle checking for a week coinciding with the National Road Safety Week being observed from January 1.

K. Babu, MLA, will inaugurate the week-long celebrations at the office of the Deputy Transport Commissioner’s office at Kakkanad on January 1 at 3 p.m.

On the second day an eye test camp for the drivers would be held at Mattancherry. A seminar on the need for observance of traffic rules and regulations will be held at North Paravur on January 3. A vehicle rally followed by a traffic seminar would be held at Angamaly in association with the Federal Institute of Science and Technology on the next day.

A class for the drivers of vehicles of educations institutions will be held at Thripunithura on January 5. A road show at Aluva will follow the next day. At the valedictory function to be held at the Deputy Transport Commissioner’s office on January 7, four best drivers – an autorickshaw, goods carrier, bus, and taxi driver each – would be felicitated. They will be awarded and issued certificates for their clean record on the road, Mr. Michael said.