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Hyderabad Police to crack whip on errant drivers

Safety first: Police Commissioner Mahender Reddy at a meeting organised by City Traffic police with school managements to discuss various issues concerning the students on traffic in Hyderabad on Thursday.

Safety first: Police Commissioner Mahender Reddy at a meeting organised by City Traffic police with school managements to discuss various issues concerning the students on traffic in Hyderabad on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: G_RAMAKRISHNA

Driving licences to be cancelled after crossing 12-point limit

Cancellation of driving licences of motorists who cross the ‘12 point’ limit will soon come into effect in the city, Police Commissioner M. Mahender Reddy said.

The Commissioner revealed this while addressing a meeting with school managements, parents and students on road safety here on Thursday. As soon as 12 points are accumulated by the motorists for violations, the licence will be automatically cancelled for a year. This is part of the efforts to make Hyderabad a safe driving city and reduce accidents.

He said about 7,100 deaths happen due to road accidents in Telangana every year and some stringent measures like cancellation of licences, infusing discipline and creating awareness can bring them down. He also said that the challans pending against the motorists will reflect soon in the M-wallet App of the Transport Department.

Mr. Reddy said schools and parents play a major role in tuning kids to discipline and instilling the value of human life. This will reflect on the society when they grow up with those values.

DCP Traffic A.V. Ranganath earlier explained how minors were increasingly caught while driving and asked the parents to discourage such practices. About 4,297 minors were caught this year and schools and parents have to be cautious. He said parents will be prosecuted if minors were caught driving. He asked the school managements to adopt best practices in regulating traffic at the schools. He said as per rules, 30% of the built-up area in schools and educational institutions has to be for parking in GHMC area.

He said schools with large open spaces should open the gates and allow the parking inside and others have to lease out open lands nearby. They should also erect sufficient number of traffic signage boards and zebra crossings at their school premises for effective regulation of school traffic. CCTVs also have to installed.

Mr. Ranganath also said that accidents and deaths have reduced this year due to strict measures in the city and blamed drunk driving and related high speeds to the accidents. Increased usage of head gear, drunk driving checks and vigorous checking at identified 85 black spots were some of the reasons apart from awareness. The Joint Transport Commissioner, Raghunath said 4,400 school buses were on road without fitness certificates and advised the school managements to upload the details of their school buses and drivers identification details along with Aadhaar number in the School Bus App or else fitness certificates will not be issued to them. Hyderabad Joint Collector, Prashanti; Joint Commissioner of Police, A. Ravinder; DCP (Traffic-1) L.S. Chauhan; Regional Manager, TSRTC, Komaraiah and Hyderabad DEO, Ramesh also spoke.

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