The Odisha state government on Saturday cracked the whip on reckless drivers as it threatened to cancel their Driving License (DL), Fitness Certificate and Route Permit of those found guilty of rash and negligent driving.
Notably, the driving license of the holder would be revoked under Sec 19 of MV Act, 1983 in case of death due to negligent driving or in case he is using or used a motor vehicle in commission of a cognizable offence.
In the event of death or injury due to fault of driver, immediate step should be taken by the RTO (Licensing Authority) to cancel the driving license after giving him an opportunity of being heard.
“Provision of issuing show-cause notice to the vehicle owners and cancellation of license of the erring drivers has been made in the circular. Besides, the driving license of a driver shall be suspended for six months,” state Transport Minister Ramesh Majhi said.
“We oppose the provision of cancellation of route permit of the vehicle issued to the owner for none of his fault. We have urged the government to publish a list of eligible drivers, helpers and conductors in each RTO in the state after proper police verification so that we would employ these men to minimize accidents,” said Debendra Sahu, Secretary, State Private Bus Owners’ Association.
Meanwhile, the transport commissioner has directed the RTOs to furnish a monthly report on revocation of driving license due to rash driving.
It may be mentioned here that the CAG, in its report, had stated that the number of deaths due to accidents in Odisha was higher than the national average.