Come August 1, traffic violations would accrue penalty points that would eventually result in licence suspension, the police informed here on Tuesday.
At a press conference jointly address by transport and police officials, it was revealed that changes made to the Motor Vehicles Act by the Telangana government earlier this year through G.O. 26 issued in April, would come into effect on August 1.
Accordingly, the accumulation of 12 points over 24 months would result in suspension of the licence for one year, besides individual traffic violations attracting the provisions of the law. The accumulation of 12 points after suspension is revoked would result in suspension for two years. Subsequent 12-point accumulation would result in three-year suspension period.
“A severe violation will add more points than a less severe one. This kind of system is being introduced for the first time in India in Hyderabad, Cyberabad and Rachakonda,” said Hyderabad City Police Commissioner M. Mahender Reddy. “When the points near the suspension level, licence-holders can also take a defence driving course, twice in 24 months, to lower the accumulated points,” he added. Mr. Reddy said the objective of introducing the point system was to make drivers cautious while driving.
At the event, it was revealed that the M-Wallet app has been linked to the traffic e-challan system. Accordingly, the app would tell users when they attract a challan following a traffic violation. An SMS alert would also be sent. The app also gives the history of challans and allows users to make mobile payments for pending challans.
“The M-Wallet app allows a user to carry all the driver documents without having to carry the physical ones. The app has also been integrated wit the Hawk-Eye app of the police,” said Principal Secretary, Transport Department, Sunil Sharma.
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