High Court puts onus on tuition classes to curb road mishaps

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Jun 2018 10:12:42


Staff Reporter,

Tuition classes asked to take affidavit from students coming to tuition classes to ensure they do not drive geared vehicles without valid licence

To curb the unauthorised driving of geared two-wheelers by under age drivers, Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court has placed the onus on tuition classes asking them to take affidavit from students. The Directors of tuition classes were asked to examine whether students have valid driving licence, their age, registration number of vehicle etc and submit the information through their affidavit to Court.

A division bench of Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice Z A Haq on Wednesday during the hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL) also asked State Government to place on record as to action taken on the report of sub-committee that went into traffic problems of Nagpur city. To resolve the traffic problems in Nagpur city, a committee was appointed under chairmanship of Chief Secretary who then set up a sub-committee under Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar.

The sub-committee submitted a report about roads, traffic and safety and made several suggestion for their improvement. The bench asked Government to file its say within six weeks.

A 15-year-old minor boy was made an accused after he knocked dead a women while on way to tuition class. He was booked by police and chargesheet was filed in the court against which the parents approached High Court challenging the charges. During the hearing, the court observed that the matter is sensitive and converted it into suo moto public interest litigation (PIL).

During the last hearing, Regional Transport Office (RTO) had informed the court that teenagers below 18 years of age get driving licence for riding 50 cc vehicles only. In another case, Chinmay Bhaskare (16), died after being hit by an auto-rickshaw on January 19. He was driving a geared vehicle and this brought to fore the fact that underage teenagers are driving geared vehicles. Hence, a demand was made to impose ban on driving of geared vehicles by underage drivers and on that count the division bench directed tuition classes to submit the information. Adv. Shreerang Bhandarkar assisted the court in the matter.