Taking a tough stance against cases of dangerous driving, a Penalty Point System (PPS) for traffic violations will be implemented in the three city police commissionerates from Tuesday i.e. August 1, 2017.
Under the system, the driving licence of a motorist who accrues over 12 penalty points in a span of 24 months will be suspended for a year. Those who drive when the licence has been suspended may be imprisoned up to three months.
To crack down on traffic violators, the state government came up with the idea of PPS. On 24 April this year, it issued a GO introducing the system that will come in force from August 1. PPS is a crucial step taken up by enforcement agencies towards traffic reforms as it moves away from age-old vehicle registration number-based enforcement mechanism to driver-based enforcement mechanism. In the existing system, e-challans are generated against the offender's vehicle registration number and sent to the vehicle owner.
PPS specifically targets the violating driver, physical enforcement plays a key role. Traffic offenders who pose threat to fellow motorists' safety will get penalty points against their driver's licence. Drunk drivers, chain snatchers, accused involved in fatal road mishaps will get maximum penalty points. Those who park vehicles dangerously, on non-designated spots on NHs or the ORR will get penalty points. People who park vehicles on internal streets of city will only have to pay fine.
The 24-month period starts from the first point violation. If violators accrue over 12 points in this period, their licence will automatically get suspended for a year. If offenders drive vehicles during this period, chargesheets will be filed against them. They may be imprisoned for three months, the joint commissioner of police said.
Article Source : TimesofIndia