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Driving licenses of ten Jammuites suspended as new traffic laws applied to J&K
9/15/2019 10:52:10 PM
Early Times Report

Jammu, Sept 15: With the new amendments of Motor Vehicle Acts (MVA) 1988 being applicable to Jammu and Kashmir, the authority has suspended driving licences of at least ten Jammuites in the first go.
Official documents, a copy of which lies with the Early Times, revealed that the driving licenses of at least 10 persons hailing from Jammu have been suspended for a period of 3 months for violations various traffic norms. Officials said no such action however has been initiated in Kashmir.
The suspensions have been made by the Regional Transport Officer (RTO) Jammu who had got the recommendations from Police force from within and outside of the state in such cases to initiate actions.
The violators have initially been challaned by the law enforcement authority but the offenders of subsequently failed to appear before the office of the RTO to clarify their position.
Official sources said that it was the first major crackdown on the drivers violating the road safety norms since the abrogation of special status of state on Aug 5, 2019.
Official told the Early Times that the amendments have become directly applicable to Jammu and Kashmir.
"Now that Jammu and Kashmir is a Union Territory, all the Central laws become directly applicable and don't need any go ahead from the local administration," said the senior official on the condition of anonymity.
The concerned authority has already started awareness about the revised traffic norms and fined which for some offences is as high as Rs 10,000. In the recent past, for multiple offences some of drivers in the neighbouring states had to pay fine to the tune of over Rs 50,000 per head.
It is pertinent to mention that the amendments in MVA that have led to rise in fine for various offences related to road safety, have caused stir. While the government of Punjab and West Bengal have decided not to extend the amendments of MVA in their respective states, the government of Gujarat has lowered the fine. Despite repeated attempts the concerned couldn't be contacted.
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