Transport Commissioner, DCP summoned for lack of co-ordination

New Delhi, Feb 4 (PTI) A Delhi court has asked theTransport Commissioner and the DCP (Traffic) to appear beforeit and explain lack of co-ordination between the police andthe transport department which allowed a man to continuedriving a blueline bus even after cancellation of his licensefollowing an accident.

The court took a serious note of the fact that a driver,whose driving license was cancelled in 2005 by the TransportDepartment following the fatal accident, continued to drivethevehicle with impunity as the official records of the trafficpolice showed the license as valid.

The defect was detected when the driver committed anotherfatal accident in 2006 which led to the filing of a case bythe family members of the deceased seeking compensation underthe Motor Vehicles Act.

"It is expected that instead of filing a vague andevasive report, the concerned authorities (TransportCommissioner and DCP (Traffic) Headquarter), who will appearin person, will come up with their definite action takenreport," Motor Accident Claim Tribunal Judge Swarana KantaSharma said.

Earlier, the ACP Traffic submitted a report before thecourt saying "there is no mechanism at present which enablesthe Transport and Licensing authority and the Delhi Police toco-ordinate and check that the driving licenses, which arecancelled or are recommended cancellation, are reflected intheir records."

"Had there been co-ordination between the Licensingauthority and the Delhi Police, the driving license of thesaid driver would have been seized and two fatal accidentswould have been saved," the court said.

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