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Monday, July 31, 2017

Hyderabad Police to Launch Penalty Point System for Traffic Violations from Tuesday Aug 01,2017

Hyderabad traffic police, in a unique experiment, is all set to launch a Penalty Point System for Traffic Violations from Tuesday August 01,2017

The aim of the move is to inculcate self-discipline among commuters and to transform Hyderabad into a safe place to commute. Driving licenses of drivers, who cross the 12-point limit, will stand cancelled automatically for a period of one year. 

On April 24, 2017, the Telangana government had issued orders introducing the aforementioned system under the Motor Vehicles Act. 

Drunken driving on a two-wheeler will attract 3 points, a four-wheeler will get 4 penalty points, and a public-service vehicle such as a bus or a cab will be penalised with 5 points. 

Drivers will be penalised with one point of found driving a two-wheeler without a helmet and not using a seat belt while driving a four-wheeler. 

Wrong side driving, dangerous driving, driving while using a mobile phone, jumping signal, will be 2 points penalty. 

Offence like over speeding or racing will get 3 points penalty. Cognizable offence involving section 304(A), 304(2) IPC will get 5 points. 

According to the orders, penalty points awarded for an offence shall remain on record for a block period of 24 months from the date of award. At any point of time, if the cumulative tally of the penalty points accrued by a driver having a license exceeds the limit of 12 points during the preceding block period of 24 months, his/her driving license shall be suspended for a period of one year from the date of accrual of twelve points. On suspension of the driving license, the accrued penalty points shall cease to subsist.

If a person, whose license has been suspended and later revoked after completion of one year period under Rule 45-A(4)(i), again accrues 12 points subsequently, driving license of such person shall be suspended for a period of 2 years from the date of accrual of the said twelve points. On further repetition of accumulation of 12 points every time, the driving license shall be suspended for a period of 3 years. 

If a person holding a learner's license accrues 5 points during the validity period of learner's license, such learner's license shall be cancelled forthwith. The person whose learner's license has been cancelled shall be eligible for re-issue of fresh Learner's License on production of a certificate of learning driving as prescribed from a recognized school or establishment.

If a person has accumulated several points for violations, he shall get an opportunity to reduce the tally by three Penalty Points by undergoing defensive training course/motor vehicle accident prevention course from an institution recognized by the Transport Department of the Government. However, this facility shall be restricted to two times in a continuous period of two years. 

Where a person commits any offence(s) involving judicial proceedings punishable with fine/imprisonment or both, the penalty points in such case(s) shall accrue on the award of punishment by the trial court. However, the date of offence/violation shall be the date of the accrual of points for the purpose of the record.

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