Srinagar: The transport authorities have suspended driving licenses of 46 drivers which were seized by Traffic Police Srinagar for using mobile phones while driving since January.
An official statement issued here said the seized licenses were sent to concerned RTO/ARTOs for suspension. Out of 46 suspended driving licenses, 22 were suspended by RTO Kashmir, nine by ARTO Baramulla, five by ARTO Budgam, four by ARTO Kupwara, one by ARTO Jammu, one by ARTO Pulwama, one by ARTO Anantnag, one by ARTO Udhampur, one by ARTO Reasi and one by ARTO Ganderbal.
Among the suspended licenses most of the divers were driving private cars while a few driving bikes and cabs.
The statement said that the committee constituted by Supreme Court to monitor and measure implementation of road safety laws has considered the view that stern action against violators be taken by suspending the driving license of the violators for the period not less than three months under section 19 of Motor Vehicle Act (read with rule 21 of Motor Vehicle rules for using cell phone while driving).
The statement added that using cell phone while driving amounts to driving dangerously for which driving license of the violator can be suspended for the period not less than three months.