The Delhi Police have issued notices to over 39,000 traffic violators whose licences might be suspended for three months by the transport department.
From December 15, police will directly confiscate licences from violators.
“We have sent reports of violators to the regional transport offices after levying a fine, based on the directives of the Supreme Court issued this August. The suspension of licences will be done by transport officials. We had appealed to the court to give us the power to confiscate licences directly, which has been granted. We will begin doing the needful from December 15,” said Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Muktesh Chander.
The violations include drunken driving, over-speeding, jumping red lights, using mobile phones while driving and loading commuters in vehicles meant for goods.
In its directive, the SC had said that driving under the influence of liquor or drugs could lead to a jail term of six months for first-time offenders as well.
Nitin, a doctor, said, “Police flagged down my car near Terminal 3 of IGI Airport and issued a challan of Rs 400 for over-speeding on October 5. But I was not speeding. If I was, how could they flag me down in the first place? Traffic police did not even have speed detector machines. I was also not informed that my licence would be impounded. Now, two months after the offence, the transport department issued a notice and said I have to surrender my licence for three months. How will I travel to work now?”
According to the National Crime Records Bureau, more than 1.41 lakh people or an average of 380 persons a day have been killed in road accidents last year. Most of these deaths were due to reckless driving and speeding.