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Motor Vehicle Act made sterner, jail terms for traffic offenders in Jamshedpur, hefty fines

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Jamshedpur, June 23: Kolhan DIG, Rajiv Ranjan Singh held a meeting with top district and police officials chalking out plans to streamline Jamshedpur’s traffic system and make the district addiction-free. City SP Subhash Chandra Jat, ASP City Kumar Gaurav and DSP (traffic) Baban Singh were present in the meeting.

The changes introduced by the Jharkhand government in the Motor vehicles Act were reviewed in the course of the meeting chaired by Kolhan DIG Rajiv Ranjan Singh. He said that with the changes to the MV Act severe penalties would be levied on traffic norm violators and some instances would attract jail terms.

The Kolhan DIG said, “In case of drunken driving, the driver would be liable to punishment as per MV Laws and he will be arrested and the vehicle seized. A proposal of prosecution against the driver will be sent to the Court. Jail term for rash driving has also been introduced in the MV Act.

According to the amended MV Act stern measures will be taken on persons flouting traffic signals, talking on mobile phone while driving, overtaking wrongly and other such negligence. Any person caught driving vehicles without the owners’ consent would be liable for legal action.  DIG Rajiv Ranjan Sinha categorically said, “The parent allowing a minor to drive a vehicle will be fined Rs 25,000 and action would be taken against the minor and the parent.”

An awareness drive on the new and amended Motor Vehicles Act will be conducted over the next three days.

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