Saturday, August 07, 2010

Rs 2,000 ticket to traffic cops for RTI violation

In a dubious first, Nagpur traffic police were fined Rs 2,000 by the Nagpur bench of the Bombay HC for failing to provide information under Right to Information (RTI) Act. The court asked the cops to pay the amount to petitioner Tushar Mandlekar. Mandlekar, a social activist and traffic expert, had made an RTI query asking whether they issued temporary licence against seizure of permanent licence of traffic offenders. It is mandatory for the police to issue a temporary licence (TL) as per Rule 14(1) of Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989 and Section 206 of Motor Vehicles Act 1988. Unfortunately, this provision was being violated and citizens, charged with any traffic violation, were being forced to drive without valid driving licence until their offence was settled or compounded.

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