Odisha: 35144 E-challans Issued, 5868 DLs Confiscated for Suspension for Violating MV Rules in November

Bhubaneswar: As many as 35144 e-challans were issued, 5868 DLs confiscated for suspension and 1275 vehicles were seized in Odisha during November for openly violating Motor Vehicle (MV) rules.

The State Transport Authority (STA) has launched a two-month long special enforcement drive to promote safety, reduce accidents and fatalities throughout the State.

The enforcement drive was focused on Driving without Helmet and Seat Belt, Drunken Driving, Over speeding, Use of Mobile while driving, Driving by juveniles, Checking of road worthiness of the vehicle, Wrong side driving, Driving without registration mark and Dangerous parking.

9416 challans were issued for driving vehicles with excess speed. In the ongoing drive, a total of 15661 challans were issued in the last month for driving two-wheelers without helmets. Around 622 challans were issued for triple riding and 225 for wrong side driving. A total of 38 challans were issued for underage driving. The vehicles plying with overload were also detained and the excess load was offloaded after compounding of challan. Around 510 challans were issued for overloading. In some cases the loaded material was not covered properly in accordance with the direction of the Supreme Court & MV laws.

Similarly, fitness certificates of 528 vehicles have been cancelled for violation of MV Act.A total of 1452 people were found driving without seatbelt and challan was issued accordingly. Similarly a total of 1423 people have been detected driving under the influence of alcohol and were penalised as per the rule.

The STA said as many as 719 people were fined for using mobile phones while driving. So far around 366 vehicles engaged in transporting school students in the State have been penalised for flouting road safety rules.

Additional Commissioner Transport, Enforcement & Road Safety Lalmohan Sethi said, “There has been an increase in vehicle frequency on the road due to travelling by various road users to picnic spots and tourist destinations for holiday season in the state including Christmas and the New Year eve.

He said the main aim of this drive is to create a sense of responsibility among the road users for prevention of road accidents and fatalities in the winter season. It has been observed that more accidents and fatalities occurred during the month of November to February.”

The STA appealed to the road users to follow the traffic rules and take care of their safety while driving and said special enforcement drives will continue throughout the month of December.

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