TAMIL NADU

Carry original licence or face police action

No excuse:The city police recently conducted awareness campaigns on the subject by distributing pamphlets to motorists at several junctions.M. Vedhan  

The traffic police plan to prosecute motorists who do not carry their original driving licenses from Friday, when the rule is likely to be implemented effectively.

The city police had already conducted awareness campaigns on the subject by distributing pamphlets to motorists at several junctions.

Strict implementation

“The rule will be effectively implemented as the Supreme Court has emphasised the necessity of the strict and faithful enforcement of all existing laws,” said a senior police officer.

Traffic police officers pointed out that as per Section 3 of the Motor Vehicles Act 1988, no person can drive a vehicle unless he holds an effective driving licence.

Another provision states that the driver of a motor vehicle shall, on demand by any police officer in uniform, produce his licence for examination.

The Act states that those driving without a valid licence are liable to be punished with a jail term of up to three months, a fine of up to Rs. 500 or both.

In an effort to bring down the number of road accidents, the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety had instructed States to cancel the driving licences of motorists involved in certain violations.