After initiating cashless and contactless enforcement of penalties for traffic rule violations, the Hyderabad Traffic Police is set to launch a new penalty points system for the same. This will entail automatic suspension of driving licenses in case of frequent violations.
The Hyderabad Police Commissioner stated that a penalty points system was being introduced for the first time in India, and was aimed at getting commuters to inculcate discipline among themselves. The system will come into effect from August 1.
The main points of the system are:
Suspension of Driving License: At any point of time, if the cumulative tally of the penalty points accrued by a driver having a license exceeds 12 during the preceding 24 months, his/her driving license shall be suspended for a period of one year from the date of accrual of twelve points. Upon suspension of the driving license, the accrued penalty points shall cease to subsist.
If a person whose license has been suspended and later reinstated after completion of the 1-year period again accrues 12 points, the license will be suspended for 2 years from the date of accrual of the 12 points.
Further repetition of the accumulation of 12 points will result in the driving license being suspended for 3 years each time.
Cancellation of Learner's License: If a person holding a Learner's License accrues 5 points during the validity period of the license, the license will be cancelled. The person will be eligible for re-issue of a fresh Learner's License upon production of a certificate of learning driving as prescribed from a recognized school or establishment.