Kochi: The Motor Vehicle Department on Saturday intensified its drive against speeding and helmetless riding by two-wheelers on instructions from Transport Commissioner Rishi Raj Singh, and suspended the licenses of 42 people in Kochi and 10 in Thrissur on Saturday.
“Riders are wearing helmets when driving on the main roads and important link roads, but the cases booked today were mostly on village roads and by-lanes. In the coming days, we’ll form special squads for this purpose which would check drivers taking interior roads,” said N.K. Raveendranath, RTO (Enforcement).
The Transport Commissioner, who, on Friday, warned that licenses of two-wheeler riders would be cancelled if they were found speeding, said that the period of suspension was a minimum of 30 days as an initial measure.
“The licenses will be suspended for an indefinite period for over-speeding. As per the rule the maximum speed in city limits for two-wheelers is only 50 kmph,” he said.
The fitness certificate of two private buses was cancelled for their poor condition and non-functioning of speed governors. “We’ve been directed to relaunch the intensive checking from October 2 to ensure proper functioning of speed governors in buses. A new batch of officers will join us after their training by next month which will help us form special squads,” Raveendranath said.
Also on Saturday, 72 vehicles were booked for not removing their sunfilms. The Department raked in Rs 58, 000 in fines alone.