Auto drivers violating road rules must pay minimum of Rs 1,500 as fine, says Madras HC
In a game-changing suggestion, the Madras high court has said autorickshaw driversowners committing offence under Motor Vehicles ActRules must be made to pay a minimum fine of `1,500 if it is first-time offence. Also, authorities could consider appointing `traffic wardens’ keeping in mind paucity of policemen, it said.
The first bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M Sathyanarayana made these suggestions while passing further orders on a contempt of court petition filed by Coimbatore Consumer Voice, represented by its secretary N Logu.
“We are of the view that fi nes must begin at least with `1,500 for the first time,“ it said, asking the government to issue necessary GO. Keeping in mind shortage of traffic police personnel, the bench said, “Involve responsible persons to control the situation. Appointment of traffic wardens is one method,“ it said, adding that this aspect could be explored by next date of hearing.
The judges further stated that complainants taking traffic violation or harassment-related issue to the notice of authorities by SMS, must be informed of the result of such comp laints. A methodology must be adopted to inform the complainants about the fate of SMS complaints, it said.
As for the long-delay promise of the government to install GPS instruments on autorickshaws, it was informed that tenders for the instruments had been opened, and the bids were being processed. When the case is taken up for further hearing on August 18, authorities would come out with a timeframe within which all autorickshaws would be GPS-enabled, the bench was told.
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