Seize Mobile Phones Of Those Who Talk & Drive: Uttrakhand High Court

| July 7 , 2018 , 23:39 IST

The Uttrakhand High Court on Friday gave a verdict mentioning a series of guidelines to ensure road safety in the state.

The High court guided the state transport department to temporarily seize the mobile phones of those who talk while driving. 

The court in it's verdict said, "seize mobile phones of the offenders temporarily for at least 24 hours after issuing a valid receipt."

Talking on the phone while driving in Uttarakhand may now result in submission of the instruments to the police for at least a day.

Adopting a stricter approach, The court also directed the authorities to cancel driving licenses of the violators.

The court further said that until the state government issues any necessary amendments a fine of Rs. 5,000 should be charged from every offender.

Justice Rajiv Sharma gave several other directions including conducting of a road safety audit in the state at an interval of 30 days in order to check the condition of roads and control accidents like the bus tragedy of Pauri Garhwal which took 48 lives.

Secretary D Senthil Pandiyan also had a meeting session with the court, focussing on the road safety in detail. In order to check drunken driving cases, the state government was directed to provide the transport department with at least 100 breathe analyzers within a week.

The High Court directed the transport department to  "deploy at least one official between 7 to 10 am and 3 to 6 pm in order to check if overloading in being done in school buses/vans".