The Regional Transport Office (RTO) Pune has reported a significant increase in the suspension of driving licenses for traffic violations in the current financial year. The figures reveal that between April of the previous year and January of the current year, a total of 750 driving licenses were suspended, which represents a notable increase compared to the 564 licenses suspended in the 2022-23 fiscal year.
Increase in license suspensions
The increase in driving license suspensions underscores a proactive approach by authorities to address growing concerns related to road safety and traffic enforcement. This escalation reflects the strict measures being implemented to deter reckless driving behavior and ensure compliance with traffic laws.
Despite the notable increase in driving license suspensions, the numbers are still considerably lower than the total volume of traffic violations recorded by the traffic police. In 2023 (January to December), a staggering 10.33 lakh traffic violation cases were recorded, indicating a substantial gap between the number of violations and the resulting license suspensions.
In 2023, Pune traffic police recorded a substantial number of violations in various categories, including 66,733 cases of signal jumping, 14,433 cases of wrong-way driving and 11,739 cases of talking on phone while driving. These figures highlight key areas for law enforcement and underscore the need for increased vigilance to effectively curb such violations.
According to the directives of the state department of transportation, the driving license is suspended for three to six months. A drunk driving case can result in a six-month suspension. On the other hand, speeding, using the phone while driving, not obeying signs and talking on the phone while driving can lead to a three-month suspension.