The Chandigarh Traffic Police has suggested increasing the challan fee of traffic offences, making some offences cognizable, and making the offences of causing death due to negligence (Section 304A) and grievously injuring a person and endangering life or personal safety of others (Section 338) non-bailable.
It has conveyed the suggestions to the Administrator who had sought its view in response to the announcement, made by the Union Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari last month that the Motor Vehicle (MV) Act of 1988 will be redrafted.
Senior Superintendent of Police (Traffic and Security) Maneesh Chaudhry, told Newsline, “We have made our suggestions based on a report submitted by the Deputy Superintendent of Police (Traffic Administration).”
It is suggesed that the compoundable fee of challans should be increased 50 times, with a 10 per cent increase every year. “The act was made in 1988 when Rs 100 was a huge amount. Therefore, the fee should be increased. In all western countries, the fee is high, and so the offences are less,” the SSP said.
At present, the punishment for drink driving is six months imprisonment the first time and three years the second time and onwards. The offence is bailable, but the vehicle is impounded. The police have suggested that the offence should be made non-bailable by amending Section 185 of the M V Act.
Similarly, Section 182 of MV Act regarding driving without a valid driver’s license should be amended to make the offence non-bailable and cognizable, and to increase the punishment to imprisonment of six months the first time and two years the second time and onwards.
For offences under Sections 304A and 388 of Indian Penal Code, the traffic police has suggested that these should be made non-bailable. Also, the punishment under 304A should be increased from two years to five years.
Sujata Sharma, a 23-year-old IAS aspirant was killed by a rashly driven Skoda car near her Sector 49 residence. Days after the accident, Satyajot Singh, 22, BTech student who was also driving the car was arrested and booked under Section 304(A). Many protests were held across the city demanding strict punishment for the accused who was let out on bail soon after being arrested.