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The number of accidents on Indian roads is increasing at an alarming rate and the authorities are striving hard to spread awareness about safe driving or riding. Now, TOI reports that Rajasthan High Court has instructed the traffic police to cancel the licence of people who are found using a mobile phone while driving/riding.
The Rajasthan High Court has directed the traffic police to get photographs of the drivers and riders using mobile and forward the details to the RTO for cancellation of the driving licence.
The court passed this order after additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) told the court about a large number of people using mobile while driving or riding.
Using mobile while driving/riding is against the law and it also causes accidents. The order was passed by the bench comprising Justices Gopal Krishan Vyas and Ramchandra Singh Jhala. The bench has ordered the traffic police to take strict action against people using mobile while driving or riding.
The high court also instructed the RTO and transport department authorities to begin the process of cancelling licences. But before cancelling the licence, the accused will be given an opportunity during a hearing to explain the use of mobile while driving or riding.
As per World Health Organisation, the risk of crash increased by four times when using a mobile phone while driving. The number of road fatalities due to the use of mobile phones is rising at an alarming rate throughout the world.
In 2016, the usage of mobile phone claimed at least 2,138 lives across the country. But experts state that the number is very less as there is hardly any recording of such fatal crashes. Using a mobile phone while driving is the biggest cause of distraction and the risk of an accident is even higher when riding a two-wheeler.
Recently, 13 students lost their life in Uttar Pradesh as the driver was talking on the phone while driving. The driver did not see the train coming in an unmanned railway crossing. Talking on wireless devices such as Bluetooth headset is also not permitted while driving. But catching such offenders will be a challenge for the traffic police.
Thoughts On The Cancellation Of Licence For Using Mobile While Driving/Riding
The Rajasthan High Court has taken a right step by passing an order to cancel the licence of people using a mobile phone while driving or riding. We hope that soon the other states will follow the same as it will reduce the number of accidents caused due to the usage of mobile while driving.