On the first day of the joint operation to curb traffic violators, the transport and traffic department Wednesday suspended 52 licences of motorists across the city. However, 190 persons had deposited there licences for breaking various traffic rules. Teams were deployed around Mumbai to suspend driving licences on the spot for traffic violations like speeding, jumping signal, drink-driving and talking on a mobile phone while driving. The period of suspension will be three months.
15 teams were deployed across Mumbai spanning over different periods of time, with at least two senior Regional Transport Officers (RTOs) and other senior traffic officials looking to book offenders. According to the traffic data, the maximum violators – 43 – were recorded in the Azad Maidan area between 2 pm and 6 pm. All these violators’ licences have been submitted for jumping the signals.
Besides, Azad Maidan, South Mumbai’s Lion Gate, Electric House (in Colaba) and Alenkar College in Kalbadevi were under scrutiny. South Mumbai in total saw 102 offenders Wednesday afternoon. There were seven teams spanned across the eastern suburbs Wednesday in Trombay and Kurla where 13 and 15 persons’ licences were respectively suspended by the officials. Though there were 128 persons nabbed by the traffic police at Saki Naka junction for riding their two-wheelers without a helmet, only two persons from the area gave their licences for jumping the signal.
Helmets have also been made mandatory for pillion riders, officials said, and the people caught without them will be sent to a two-hour seminar on traffic rules – 352 persons were booked Wednesday under this new rule. The same goes for those caught driving without a seat belt, where only two persons each in Malad and Kurla were caught by officials.
Between 11.30 am and 2 pm at Malad, 26 persons were booked mainly for jumping the signal. While officials in Bandra’s Mahim Causeway area collected licences of 11 persons for the same. Further decision will be taken by RTO officials Thursday about the remaining 138 licences that the RTO has in their custody from the violators.