Over 35,000 challans issued in Odisha on November for violating the rules

by Subhechcha Ganguly
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An official reported on Friday that during the month of November, the transport authorities of Odisha issued 35,144 e-challans and impounded 1,275 vehicles for breaking Motor Vehicle (MV) norms.State Transport Authority (STA), Odisha, began a two-month special enforcement campaign to increase safety, decrease accidents, and eliminate fatalities from November 1.

A total of 35,144 e-challans have been issued in Odisha during the first month of the special drive against vehicles that flagrantly flout MV laws. According to Lalmohan Sethi, additional commissioner of transportation, 1,275 vehicles and 5,868 DLs have been seized for suspension in the past month (enforcement and road safety).According to him, the enforcement campaign is concentrated on driving without a seatbelt or helmet, driving while intoxicated, driving too fast, using a mobile while driving, teaching young people to drive, inspecting the roadworthiness of the vehicle, driving on the wrong side of the road, driving without a registration mark, and unsafe parking. For a variety of offences, fines have been issued. A total of 9,416 challans were given for driving automobiles with excess speed while 15,661 challans were issued for driving two-wheelers without helmet.

According to Sethi, the authorities have issued 622 challans for triple riding, 225 for driving on the wrong side of the road, 38 for driving while underage, and 510 for overloading. According to the STA official, people are using helmets in urban areas due to ongoing enforcement efforts, but regrettably they are avoiding wearing them on highways where protection is much more necessary. During the drive, 1,452 people were discovered to be driving without a seatbelt, and 1,423 were discovered to be driving while intoxicated and were fined accordingly, he said.

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