Over 5,000 people guilty of ‘repeat traffic offences’, including drink-driving, are set to lose their driving licences for a six-month period, according to Delhi Traffic Police.
With two fatal accidents caused by drunk drivers this week alone, Special CP (Traffic) Mukesh Chandra said revoking licences and heavy fines were “needed” to stop dangerous driving.
“We have challaned over 26 lakh people for various traffic offences so far this year. With 85 lakh vehicles on Delhi roads, it seems that almost every person commits some traffic offence or the other during the year,” Chandra said.
Police have also suggested that drink-driving should be made a non-cognizable offence so that people do not get bail from courts easily when arrested.
Last year, as a solution to the persistent problem of serious traffic offences — like drink-driving, over-speeding and dangerous driving — traffic police and the Transport department had announced a policy to revoke driving licences of persons who get challaned three or more times in the same year for ‘serious traffic offences’.
According to Chandra, 5,591 people had been challaned more than twice for serious offences between January and August 15 this year, with 10,989 people challaned more than once for serious offences.