Gangtok, 07 Jan:
The Transport Department in collaboration with Sikkim Police launched a three-month awareness cum enforcement drive on 06 Jan following the extension of the new Central Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019 in the State on 06 Dec last year.
Since the drive includes checking of documents, a large number of vehicles, especially taxis, have remained off the roads. Traffic on Gangtok’s roads has been sparse since the drive began.
“The main aim and objective of the three-month long awareness cum enforcement drive is to sensitize road users regarding various road safety measures and about the various rules and regulations,” said Secretary, Transport Department, Raju Basnett, today.
He further said that the awareness drive has been well received by road users and the general public. The department is receiving appreciation from all sections of road users and there has been no objection made till date, he added.
However, the Transport Secretary claims that this drive is not regarding the enforcement of the new Central Motor Vehicles Act but seeks to sensitize people on various aspects of road safety.
A total of 723 vehicles where checked and verified on the first day of the drive out of which 70 vehicles were penalized for violating various rules and for not having necessary documents.
The enforcement agency has been penalizing road users with the new rate of fines.
The drive was launched simultaneously in all four districts of Sikkim with a total of 7 checking points in different places throughout the state, with Gangtok having one checking point on the first day and two in the second day, i.e today, at Convoy Ground, Tadong and Zero Point Gangtok.
The Department has incorporated e-Challan app powered by NIC on mobile phones while stickers are being issued to vehicles that have been checked so that the same vehicle is not stopped again.
Stickers will also be issued from Motor Vehicle Offices to those vehicle owners who come and get their documents verified so that they don’t get stopped on the road. However, those found violating rules like overloading, drunken or drugged driving will be stopped.
During the drive, the Transport department also intends to check all government vehicles including those of the enforcement agencies.
The drive will end on 31 March, 2020.