The deputy commissioners (DC) office seems to be on a license-cancelling spree with errant drivers and those with arms bearing the brunt of the drive. Over the past few months,around 500 arms licenses and 40 driving licenses have been cancelled. Officials say that the arms licenses have been cancelled as owners who obtained them failed to procure the concerned weapons within the stipulated time period while the driving licenses have been cancelled for repeat offences.
Officials have cracked down on these two categories of license-holders. The UT transport departments website carries the names and addresses of 147 habitual offenders who have lost the right to drive for a minimum of six months. Now,the DC office is all set to put up information pertaining to the arms license cancellation on its website. Officials state that on an average,the Chandigarh Traffic Police forward the names of four to five habitual offenders once a month. The average monthly cancellation of arms licenses is on the higher side with at least 20-25 of these being withdrawn by the deputy commissioner.
The arms licenses are being cancelled as per the Arms Act as these license holders have not been able to purchase the weapons within the prescribed time frame. Also,the cancellation acts as a deterrent against unnecessary keeping of arms,UT Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Shayin.
Similarly for driving licenses,the idea is to reform the habitual offenders as once the driving license gets cancelled,the person cannot apply for a period of six months and even after that one has to start from the scratch as a beginner and gets a learners license first, he added.
Officials in the department say that the procedure to cancel a driving license is long-drawn affair. Once we get the recommendation from the Traffic police,we call the person for a personal hearing and ask the officials of the Registering and Licensing Authority to call the person for a meeting to hear his side as well. Only after that,the process to cancel the license begins, DC Shayin said. The Administration is also in the process of making it mandatory for future arms license seekers to undergo basic training in handling the firearms before they get their license.