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UP Traffic Advisory: You Might Land In Jail If Your Child Rides Two-Wheeler To School

Boys and girls under 18 years old are prohibited from driving any vehicle, with disobedience incurring significant consequences for both the minor and their parents.

Edited By : Saurav Gupta | Updated: Jan 3, 2024 14:18 IST
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Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh

In Uttar Pradesh, a stringent ban has been imposed on individuals under 18 years from operating two or four-wheelers, a move driven by the alarming rise in accidents caused by underage driving.

The Transport Commissioner’s directive to all Regional Managers, Assistant Regional Managers, and Regional Transport Offices prompted the Director of Secondary Education to notify district school inspectors about this imperative. Henceforth, boys and girls under 18 years old are prohibited from driving any vehicle, with disobedience incurring significant consequences for both the minor and their parents.

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Dr. Mahendra Dev, the Director of Secondary Education, emphasized the appointment of road safety nodal teachers, urging schools to incorporate road safety messages during prayer meetings and display safety-related wall paintings.

Furthermore, the directive suggests the formation of WhatsApp groups among students to share road safety information and recommendations. Dr. Dev stressed the use of social media platforms to disseminate these crucial messages. Students are duly informed that driving without a license will result in appropriate legal actions.

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Penalty for parents

The UP Transport Department mandates that guardians or vehicle owners allowing minors below 18 years to drive face severe penalties—a three-year jail term and a hefty fine of Rs 25,000.

The repercussions of this mandate are stern. If caught, the minor’s parents bear responsibility, facing potential imprisonment for up to three years and a hefty fine. Additionally, the vehicle’s driving license will be annulled for a year. For the minor, the suspension of their driving license remains until they reach the age of 25.

Funds issued to schools for campaigning

To facilitate the establishment of Road Safety Clubs and promote safety awareness, a budget allocation of Rs 5,000 per school, totaling Rs 44.95 lakh, has been proposed. Additionally, Rs 500 per school has been earmarked for painting traffic rules and slogans on school walls. Dr. Dev urged collaborative efforts with Transport Department officials to organize effective programs centered on road safety initiatives.

First published on: Jan 03, 2024 02:18 PM IST

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