For those in the habit of talking on mobile phones while driving, here is the wake-up-call. Government is likely to notify a rule soon under which people caught talking and driving would be fined Rs.2,000/- or six months imprisonment or both. The punishment could be suspension of driving license for six months if such acts lead to accidents.
Using hands-free devices or sending and reading text messages while driving will also be counted as offences. A high powered committee has already accepted these measures to curb dangerous driving on roads.
The ministry, which has been fine-tuning the proposal of heavy fine and suspension of driving licence, will soon come out with notification in this regard, empowering traffic police to enforce the provisions strictly. The ministry plans to introduce a sub section 183A in the Motor Vehicle Act which will include these provisions. Articulating the need to implement the provisions quickly, joint secretary in the ministry S K Dash had said at a recent meeting on road safety, Section 183A of MVA will define the mobile phone and also specify penalties for talking on phone while driving.
As a public how do you react/respond?
Your Comment on the fine/punishment aspect?
Do you suggest Any modification in the rule to be made?
Do you feel any additional relaxation/restriction is necessary?