GUWAHATI, Sept 14 - The Government of Assam has taken steps to put into effect the recommendations of the committee constituted by the Supreme Court of India to monitor and measure the implementation of the road safety laws in the country.
In this context, all district transport officers; DTO Kamrup (Metro), Enforcement; Deputy Commissioner (i/c) MV, Dima Hasao and in-charge, MV check gates of Srirampur, Buxirhat and Digharkhal have been directed to implement the guidelines laid down by the Committee.
Under these guidelines, licence will be suspended for a period not less than three months for vehicles driving at a speed exceeding the specified limit, including red light jumping, carrying overload in goods carriages and carrying persons in goods carriages, driving vehicles under the influence of drinks and drugs, and using mobile phone while driving.
The committee has directed that in case of driving a vehicle under the influence of drinks or drugs, the police should prosecute the offenders and seek imprisonment as prescribed under the Motor Vehicles Act, even for the first offence.
Usage of helmet has been made compulsory for both the main riders and the pillion riders. In case where the law relating to the use of helmet is violated by either the main rider or the pillion rider, they should both be subjected to Road Safety Education and counselling for not less than two hours before imposition of fine as prescribed under the Act.
Those who violate the seat belt law should also be subjected to Road Safety Education and counselling before imposition of fine as per the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.