Motorists booked for repeat traffic violations in Hyderabad would lose their driving licences for a year, as the amended motor vehicle rules aims to curb traffic related offences in the state.
The new rules notified by a Telangana government order (GO no 80) states that motorists accumulating 12 points for violations in two years will have to forfeit their licences.
Additional Commissioner of Police Jitender said the current practice of recording each traffic violation by linking it with the RTA driving database would be further consolidated to check rash and negligent driving in Hyderabad and on the highways.
“As of now, CCTV cameras fixed all over the main lines and crossroads and at vantage points on highways are streaming live to the master control room. So, it is impossible to escape our dragnet,” he said.
The driver would gain points for violations like riding more number of passengers than what is legally permissible, taking passengers on goods carriers, not strapping seatbelts or wearing helmets, overspeeding, drunken driving, racing, failing to insure the vehicle and using it for cognizable offences.
Learners will however lose their licences if they acquire five points. “Persons thus losing their licenses can get three points slashed by learning defensive driving techniques from an RTA-authorised school,” the GO said, adding that the chance would only be given twice in two years.