Jamshedpur: In a bid to remove encroachers from national highways across the country, the Ministry of Road Transport and National Highways has shot off letters to the chief secretaries of all states.  Nitin Gokarn, Joint Secretary of the Ministry, in his letter to the states and Union Territories said, “To make highways accident free it is necessary to remove the encroachers along the roads. Also, stringent action will be taken against the drunken drivers. Notably, on NH-33 from Chauka to Bahragoda a large number of encroachers have been spotted.

Implementation of section 185 of the MV Act 1988

Nitin Gokarn has said that strict action will be taken against the drunk drivers as per the section 185 of Motor Vehicle Act 1988. India tops the list of accidents that happen due to drunken driving. According to a 2009 report, 27,152 accidents were recorded which occurred due to drunken driving. Every four minutes an accident happens on road.

Inquiry against drunken drivers

People consuming alcohol while driving on the highways will be routinely checked. If 30 ml of alcohol content is found in their bodies, they will be punished. The punishment would range from jail term of six months to Rs 2000 fine or both. And if being caught for the second time, they will have to serve a 2 -3 year jail term or a fine of Rs 3000 or both.

Provision of cancellation of licenses under Section 20

The Section 20 and 185 of the MV act also provides for an option of cancellation of the driving licenses of the guilty. The license can be cancelled for atleast six- month period.