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Minors continue to be behind the wheels in capital

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MITHLESH SINGH

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Ranchi: Days after Union Ministry of Road Transport highlighted that in Jharkhand 502 road accidents occurred in 2018 in which minors were behind the wheels, the administration seems to have taken no effective step to enforce the law so far.
Minors driving commercial and private vehicles continue to be a common sight in the capital posing great risks to people. Notably, driving without a valid license is illegal and it cannot be issued to a minor.
According to a report of Ministry of Transport and Highways of 2018 there were a total 502 accidents in the state which had minor divining the vehicles of these 205 were fatal accidents.
Meanwhile, describing the traffic experience as an adjoining vehicle with underage auto drivers, Anita Yadav said that it’s horrible to deals with the serpentine moves of the auto drivers, especially those underage drivers who have no traffic sense or care for life of passengers and adjoining vehicles. “They often apply brake suddenly while moving on the road to pick-up passengers without giving any signal to stop which invites incidents of road accidents”, Said Yadav.
Speaking on the issue of growing number underage auto rickshaw and e-rickshaw drivers on the transport commissioner Faij Ahmad Mumtaj said that it’s a serious issue on which the transport department issues routine guidelines to the district administration and traffic police to adopt effective measures to dip down underage driving in the state. “The department is responsible towards people safety and answerable to courts hence, we send routine guidelines to the enforcement agencies in the state to curb down such incident and maximise road safety”, said Ahmad Mumtaj. The chairperson of district auto and e-rickshaw association, Dinesh Soni said while criticizing the plying of autos and e-rickshaws by minor drivers on city roads that at many occasions the auto association drive campaign against minor driving in which the members of the association use to seize those autos which are operated by minor drivers and call their parents. After a brief counseling of minor driver as well as their guardian such autos are handed over to the guardian. “Auto driving by minor boys is also a potential threat to the passengers and district auto association will welcome legal action against such conduct”, said Soni
Notable, with the efforts of transport department and consistent drives of traffic police the number of fatalities has reduced compared to previous years. In 2018, the number of fatalities between January to September was 321 which reduced to 268 this year. Also the number of injuries reduced from 497 to 261.

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