Mumbai: The Regional Transport Office (RTO) has begun a special road safety campaign against drivers of two wheeler and four wheeler vehicles following the directives of supreme court. The week long drive would focus on road safety which includes compulsory seat belt and wearing a helmet. Those who honking unnecessarily too will be pulled up.
This campaign will be conducted simultaneously in every city across the state between September 18 to 22. At least 48 RTO offices have been roped in for this special drive.
The officials said that the riding without a helmet is the main concern for road safety. “Our main focus is to penalise those who ride on two wheelers without a helmet. These issues have been kept on the back burner for quite sometime. Hence, we are planning to increase the consistency of these drives by focusing on each aspect of road safety every month,” said Rajendra Madne, Deputy Commissioner of Transport, Enforcement. Till now the RTO officials had focused on violations of Motor Vehicles Act.
There are at least 33 lakh number of two wheeler and four wheeler vehicles registered in Maharashtra. The campaign will also focus on overloading of two wheelers, as often one sees families riding on a scooter or motorcycle.
“We have issued a letter to each RTO office requesting them to focus on other aspects of road safety which includes overloading of two wheelers, unnecessary vehicular honking and using compulsory seat belt while seated in a four wheeler vehicle. Vehicular honking disturbs the privacy and diverts the person from concentrating on driving the vehicle,” added Madne.
The Mumbai RTO has a team of at least 11 flying squad officers who crackdown on violations of Motor Vehicles Act. “This new team would only focus on road safety issues which were earlier not taken into serious cognizance. We will focus on other road safety issues once we finish this week long drive successfully,” added an RTO officer.