Traffic Directorate to commence one-month campaign against underage riders

Uttarakhand Traffic Directorate is planning to conduct a one-month campaign against underage riders in view of increasing road accidents. According to the directorate, the accident cases of underage riders have increased considerably in the last few years. As per the data provided by the directorate, a total of 158 vehicle users aged below 18 years had died in road accidents while 326 underage riders were injured from the year 2018 to the year 2020.

The director of the traffic directorate, Kewal Khurana informed that the traffic directorate is planning to conduct a one-month campaign in which the police would check the two-wheeler vehicles parked in school parkings. In case any rider is found to be a minor, the police would seize the vehicle and appropriate action would be taken against the parents, said Khurana. According to the officials, most of the underage riders violate the traffic rules that mainly include riding without a driving license and proper helmet. They disclosed that such underage riders face the risk of accidents also when they try to get away by riding rashly during the checks at checkpoints. A case can also be filed against the guardian of a minor under section 199 of the new Motor Vehicles Act if they are aware of their wards indulging in underage riding. Khurana has appealed to the parents to not let their underage children drive vehicles.

Thursday, 18 March 2021 | PNS | Dehradun

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