High-beam headlight may cost you your licence

Police to recommend suspension of DL of repeated offenders

High-beam headlight may cost you your licence

If you are repeatedly caught riding or driving your vehicle with high-beam headlight in the city, you may lose your driving licence. 

Police Commissioner M A Saleem on Saturday launched the campaign against high-beam lights, by distributing the pamphlets on do’s and don’ts to cab drivers, at a programme organised in front of Kote Anjaneya Swamy temple, Mysore Palace North gate.

About 25,000 pamphlets have been printed for distribution among the vehicular users, to create awareness against using such lights, for two weeks. The police will be booking the offenders later. Instead of high-beam, low-beam is advised, for the convenience of both the vehicular riders.

Saleem said, while first time offender will be fined Rs 100, second time offenders will have to cough up Rs 300. For the third offence, apart from paying the fine of Rs 300, police will recommend Regional Transport Offices (RTO) for suspension of the driving licence of erring the rider or driver.

Police have already started booking vehicle users for using high-beam lights, and till now 423 cases have been booked, Saleem said.

Saleem explained that according to Indian Motor Vehicle rule 1989, Section 105, high-beam lights on roads was prohibited. In case of any violation, the violators will have to pay the afore mentioned fine according to the Act.

According to Saleem, high-beam lights account for 25 per cent of mishaps, especially in the case of two-wheelers, with the commuter on the opposite end being blinded. 

Divisional Controller, KSRTC (Urban), Mysuru, Ramesh said that bus drivers were finding it highly difficult driving during the nights because of high beams. KSRTC buses are operated between 6 am and 10 pm, and post dusk it had become a difficult task to manoeuvre.

Recently, a KSRTC bus driver was killed as he was blinded by a sudden flash of high-beam light from the opposite vehicle, before a fatal mishap. The campaign follows seat-belt drive, using cell phones while driving/riding, and helmetless riding before the sentinels started booking offenders.

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