Number of ‘minor drivers’ on the rise in Kerala; Rs 19.53 lakh levied as fine
The number of minor drivers in the state is steadily increasing. The Motor Vehicle Department (MVD) has found that there is an increase of 25 percent in the number of minor drivers compared to the figures of previous year.
A total of 1,205 cases were registered in four years against the owners of the vehicles driven by minors and parents who let them drive. Officials levied Rs 19.53 lakh as fine from them.
It has also been found that the number of people who pay meagre amounts as fine to close serious cases in which minors are involved are increasing. The MVD is planning to conduct checking of vehicles driven by minors who go to schools and tuition centres.
According to the Motor Vehicle Amendment Act, if a vehicle driven by a minor meets with an accident, the owner of the vehicle and the child’s parent may be awarded three years of imprisonment and a fine of Rs 25,000. If the fine is not paid, the amount will be increased by 10 percent every year.
The action will be taken according to the seriousness of crime or accident. If parent is present when the child is driving the vehicle, their license can be cancelled. The strict action is recommended as negligence of parents causes risk to others also.