A COURT on Saturday punished five commercial vehicle drivers with TRC (Till the Rising of Court) and slapped a fine of Rs 2,000 on four of them and Rs 3,000 against another for drink driving. The development came days after the Chandigarh traffic police sent a communique to the district court authorities, demanding stern action against commercial drivers for drink driving. The five taxi/auto drivers, identified as Vipin Kumar of Phase 11, Mohali, Rampal, a resident of Dadumajra, Sanjay Kumar of Sector 45, Burail, and Gulab Singh of Sector 25, Chandigarh, were fined Rs 2,000 each whereas Ramesh Kumar of New Indira Colony was penalised Rs 3,000 for being held for a similar offence twice. He was caught for drink driving on September 14 and October 4.
The offenders were punished till the rising of the court while their driving licences were suspended for three months by the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate. The commercial drivers were held by the STA (State Transport Authority) during a special checking drive in the city.
Besides, the court penalised five drunk drivers of Rs 2,000 each and suspended their licences. The court also fined 12 people Rs 2,000 each after they were found consuming liquor in public in the City. The 12 people were booked under Section 68-1-14 of the Excise Act. On October 5, 86 people were challaned for driving under the influence of alcohol.
SSP (Traffic) Sashank Anand said, “We sent a special communication regarding commercial drivers to the court authorities. The commercial drivers included school bus drivers, cab drivers and other transport vehicles’ drivers.”