GUWAHATI, July 15 - A meeting of the Kamrup (Metro) District Road Safety Committee was held earlier this week at the conference hall of the DC�s office here.
Matters relating to relegation of 16 private schools in the district for noncompliance with the 1997 verdict of the Supreme Court regarding the safety of school children on school buses, plying of diesel tempo vans in the city, which are registered and permitted under DTO Kamrup, operation of taxi services in the LGBI Airport, illegal parking stand at the Jalukbari flyover and the application regarding parking places at Jalukbari for Tata Magic and other vehicles by the Lower Assam Motor Transport Association were among other issues discussed in the meeting.
It was informed in the meeting that 1,679 driving licences have been suspended so far this year by the District Transport Authority in Kamrup (Metro) for various offences like not abiding by the road safety norms, jumping red lights, over-speeding, using mobile phone while driving and driving under the influence of alcohol.
This is a fall from the number of 2,849 cases registered during the first six months last year.
It was also informed that the District Transport Office has arranged refresher training courses for the professional driving licence holders at the time of renewal of the licences. So far 1,242 driving licence holders have taken part in the training.
Training for the drivers of LPG and petroleum product carrying vehicles has also been conducted by the office. It has trained 4,020 drivers in 2017-18 and 373 drivers so far in 2018-19.
The District Transport Office has also prepared a 100-day road safety action plan and it will also carry out awareness programmes among the school and college students from August. The meeting was presided over by District Development Commissioner of Kamrup (Metro) Dr Bijoya Choudhury and attended by DTOs Abdul Mannan, Bapan Kalita and Suranjana Hazarika, as well as officials from the City Police, the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC), ASTC and other stakeholders.