Court Decisions… !
By Maxwell Pereira
Jt. Commissioner of Police/Traffic, Delhi
momentous directions of the Delhi High Court impacting Traffic
Management given in December 2001 in a public interest litigation
(PIL) Rajiv Awasthy Vs. UOI & others seem to have gone unnoticed
without the attention they deserved. This ongoing PIL instituted
in 1998 on improving law and order infrastructure in Delhi, has
also touched upon aspects of Traffic Management now and again,
resulting in resolving some pending issues - including a nominal
increase in the Traffic Police strength and the BPR&D Study
to further augment it, and various do's and don'ts directed to
the concerned in the Government or outside.
matter listed before the Bench of Justices S/Shri Anil Dev Singh
and R.S. Sodhi on December 9 last, had petitioner - advocate Rajiv
Awasthy vehemently contend that Delhi's Transport Department has
not yet implemented various decisions in pursuance of their affidavit
of May 2001, focusing on the need for drivers of heavy vehicles
to undergo training and refresher courses of the Institute of
Driving Training and Research (IDTR) run by FAITH - a society
called Foundation of Automobiles for Inculcating Traffic Habits
- under the aegis of the Transport Department of Delhi and Maruti
Udyog Ltd. And that the promised introduction of Smart Cards is
also to see the light of day.
the Court was pleased to order, inter alia, that all drivers of
heavy transport vehicles shall undergo a compulsory refresher
course of the IDTR at Loni; and that all heavy motor vehicle drivers
entering Delhi from other states shall also undergo similar refresher
course within 6-months.
Authorities of all states were directed henceforth to incorporate
in the permits being issued or renewed to the owners of heavy
vehicles, that in respect of any heavy vehicle transiting through
or to be driven in Delhi, the owner shall ensure that it be driven
by a person who has undergone Training and Refresher course prescribed
by Delhi's Transport Department and that he has a certificate
to that effect from the IDTR-Loni or any other institute specified
by Delhi Govt. or a State Transport Authority. Delhi's Transport
Department was tasked to set up IDTRs in each of the 9 police
districts in Delhi in a time-bound manner. Five by 31st December
2003 and the rest by December 2004.
Court directed further: A National Driver License Register containing
information on all drivers of heavy motor vehicles be prepared
within a year. Information in respect of all drivers to whom driving
licenses are issued be stored in a Data Bank, with each driving
license having a unique identifying mark including the fingerprints
of the licensee. The information, to be computerised in a given
Circle and thereafter transferred and stored in a Mother computer.
implementing these directions, the Court desired that the Government
of India, the Govt. of NCT of Delhi and all of the State governments
shall act with promptitude and unison requiring the work to be
completed within a period of one year.
proceedings in the Court revolved around improving traffic situation
and for finding solutions to curb habitual traffic offenders.
The Delhi Traffic Police had first mooted the idea for a National
Driver License Register, and for a National Vehicle Information
Register over ten years ago, at the meeting of the National Road
Safety Council in 1992.
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