MVA: Under-aged drivers detained, freed after fine

IMPHAL, 11th Sep: Prior to formal enforcement of the Motor Vehicles Amendment Act, 2019 in the state, traffic police personnel conducted drives in different parts of Imphal West district and detained several under-aged drivers on Wednesday. However, they were released after their parents were called in to take undertakings.
Teams of Traffic Control Wing (TCW) carried out the drives in key areas of Imphal West district. A TCW team headed by SP Traffic Khoisnam Sarma and additional SP Y Joyraj launched a drive along Kanglapat road and detained two-wheeler drivers who do not wear helmet and possess driving license and vehicle documents. They were made to pay challan fee and released later after giving instructions on the need to follow traffic rules strictly. Talking to media persons, SP Sarma conveyed that Motor Vehicles Amendment Act, 2019 will be enforced in the state from September 25 onwards and under the Act, a fine of Rs 25,000 will be imposed against under-aged drivers and there is also provision to jail their parents for a period of three years. She informed that fine against drivers who do not wear helmet and possess driving license and other necessary vehicle documents has been hiked and the fine will be doubled for those drivers associated with law enforcement agencies. The fine will also be imposed against their dear ones as well, he added. Saying that the drives were carried out to create awareness amongst the drivers about the Act which will be implemented effectively, the SP appealed to the parents not to allow their under-aged children to drive vehicles, which is illegal and risky.

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