Hyderabad: Breaking traffic rules in Hyderabad will not just cost the violator his or her driving licence but also hamper the chances of getting visa for travelling abroad or getting a new job. The Hyderabad Traffic Police is making data of those convicted under various traffic violations public.
Despite repeated awareness campaign by the Traffic Police against drunken driving, officials say people don't obey basic traffic rules. Over 1500 people have been imprisoned for drunk driving till May 2016.
But careless attitude may prove to be a deterrent for offenders applying for visa or a job.
"Photographs and complete details on the conviction and violations can be known about the person. If someone wants to hire a driver, you can check the background. Even US embassy and other consulates may use such data," Hyderabad DCP Traffic AV Ranganath said.
Acting on the Supreme Court's directions, Hyderabad Traffic Police has decided take strict action against repeat offenders by suspending their driving licence.
According to police, in the last three months, over 500 driving licences have been recommended for suspension to the transport department.
In cases of drunk driving, licence will be suspended if the offender is caught for the second time. In other traffic violations like using mobile phone while driving and jumping signal, licence will be suspended if caught thrice.
"Earlier violations were booked only on vehicle. Now the new system that we have adopted in Hyderabad is driver centric challan. The history of offenders in our data is being used to recommend suspension of licence," Ranganath said.
Show cause notices are being served to violators by the transport department seeking explanation. But with photographic records of violations with the traffic police, the process is merely a formality.
The transport department can suspend the licence from three to six months, depending upon the gravity of violation. A benchmark has been set by Hyderabad Police that other police forces should follow.