Talking While Driving Will Cost License, Says Rajasthan High Court
The Jodhpur Bench of Rajasthan High Court, on 27th April, passed an order to cancel the driving licence of those caught talking on mobile phones while driving.
This move came in after Jodhpur Additional Police Commissioner (traffic) told the court that some road accidents took place because people used cellphones while driving.
The order was passed by a division bench of Justices Gopal Krishna Vyas and Ramchandra Singh Jhala after taking into consideration two notes, submitted by the Advocate General, showing increasing road accidents using the mobile phones while driving as reported by The Indian Express
“We are of the opinion that the drivers of four and two-wheelers are usually using mobile (phone) while driving the vehicles, which is not permissible under the law. More so, due to the said act of vehicle drivers, some accidents take place,” the court said in its order. The court has also ordered to submit the compliance report on May 22nd
The court also ordered the traffic police to capture photographs of such violators and forward their details to the regional transport office for cancellation of driving licence. Using mobile phones while driving is illegal under the Motor Vehicles Act (1988). It is a punishable offence.
India tops the list of Nation with the highest number of road accidents in the world. In 2016, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said that more than 1.3 lakh people are killed in road accidents in India every year, these figures are more than people dying in road accidents anywhere else in the world. India has overtaken China in the tally of the worst road mishaps.