Drivers of public transport vehicles,who have been caught for traffic violations by the Mumbai Traffic Police or RTO,will now have to attend lectures on road safety before they get their impounded licences back.
A 15-day drive,which began on January 1,has been organised by the traffic police and Western India Automobile Association (WIAA) to sensitise public transport drivers on road safety.
Nitin Dosa,executive chairman of WIAA,said,Everyday,more than 100 drivers of autorickshaws,buses,taxis and school buses will be given lectures by traffic policemen. The offenders,whose licences have been impounded by the traffic department,will have to attend the lectures before they can pay the fine and get their licences back.
The lectures will help the drivers refresh their memories on traffic rules, said Dosa. The drive was inaugurated by Chief Minister Prithiviraj Chavan on Marine Drive in the presence of Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and Home Minister R R Patil.
Chavan said there should be more testing centres for inspection of vehicles,as faulty vehicles are one of the main causes of road accidents. He said offenders should be dealt with strictly and their licences suspended for five years. Chavan also announced actor Jackie Shroff as the brand ambassador for road safety in Mumbai. Patil said,Strict monitoring of drink drivers has reduced accidents to a great extent.