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80k licences on verge of cancellation.

CRACKING the whip on traffic violations, the Delhi traffic police has recommended to the state transport department to cancel more than 80,000 licences of what it calls the ' worst offenders behind the wheels'. According to a senior official, the traffic department has recommended cancellation of driving licences only after the nature of offence was considered under ' dangerous' category. Interestingly, the transport department only has data of suspension of licences and not cancellation.

" The recommendation for cancellation of driving licence depends on the nature of offences. Suppose, for a car driver involved in fatal accidents where people have lost their lives or were grievously hurt, we straightaway recommend cancellation of the licence," said a senior official of Delhi traffic police.

Ajay Kashyap, special commissioner of police, Delhi, told M AIL T ODAY that cancellation

recommended only if the nature of traffic violation was serious or the person in question is a repeat offender.

Cracking the whip As per official data available with the Delhi transport department, 81,968 licences have been recommended for cancellation.

The range of violation is between January 1, 2014 and January 10, 2017. The transport department has already suspended 70,765 of these licences. The remaining 11,203 licences are under process and there is no clarity whether they have been sent for cancellation or suspension.

" If traffic police recommend cancellation of licences in special categories such as drivers being involved in fatal accidents, we straightaway start the proceedings of cancellation," said a senior road transport official.

" Suppose a driver was involved in a traffic offence for the first time, we generally suspend the licence for three months. If they repeat the second time, the suspension period is increased to six months or more. The process of cancellation applies on them only when they are caught violating traffic rules for the third time," the official added.

The Delhi traffic department has registered 1,519 deaths due to vehicular accidents across the national Capital. The figure, however, is 63 lesser compared to 2015 when the department registered 1,582 deaths. Non fatal accidents also reduced by 49 in 2015- 16. While the traffic department registered 1,471 fatal accidents in 2016, the number was 1,518 in 2015. The numbers of simple accidents are 5,476 and 6,054 in 2016 and 2015 respectively.

If traffic police recommend cancellation of licences in special categories such as drivers being involved in fatal accidents, we straightaway start the proceedings.

' ' -- Senior road transport official

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Date:May 16, 2017
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