Penalty points from today

August 01, 2017 12:44 am | Updated 12:46 am IST - HYDERABAD

The unique penalty points system for traffic rule violations formulated by Telangana government to rein in erring vehicle drivers will come into force from Tuesday.

Provisions under the new system empower officials to impose penalty points on a person for a specific traffic rule violation. These points range from 1 (driving without wearing seat belt or helmet or carrying extra passenger on front seat of auto-rickshaw) to 5 (driving public transport vehicles like bus, cab or auto-rickshaw in drunken state). Under rule 45 A (1) included in the Telangana Motor Vehicle Rules, 1999 through Government Order no. 26, these penalty points are awarded to specific violations.

Records of the penalty points are entered in the database of Road Transport Authority (RTA). From the date of imposition, these points would be in record for two years. “If any person's penalty points exceed 12 within 24 months, his or her driving license would be suspended for one year,” Hyderabad Traffic Police Joint Commissioner V. Ravinder said on Monday. A person can reduce three penalty points by undergoing training course or motor vehicle accident prevention programme from an institution recognised by Telangana Transport department.

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