Traffic accidents killed more than 2,300 minor drivers last year

NEW DELHI: The two-wheeler crash that killed three teenage riders in Delhi has been a surprise, but this is not a single incident. Official data shows that 2,317 minor drivers died in traffic accidents during 2018, which underscores how traffic regulations cheek shamelessly across the country due to the lax application.

According to the 2018 Road Accidents report in India from the Ministry of Transportation, he topped the list with 826 deaths of this type, followed by Madhya Pradesh, where 210 people from the group under 18 lost their lives in accidents. reported the death of 123 minor drivers in traffic accidents. In Delhi, 14 of those deaths were reported during the past year.

This is the first time that the states and the Territories of the Union have given details about the age of drivers who lost their lives in traffic accidents. Parents and guardians do not refer to children who drive vehicles that endanger their lives and present risks to other road users. It is a shared responsibility of both the police and police agencies and the family members of the child.

We also need to bring a legally supported system that everyone who applies for a driver's license needs to receive training from a recognized car driving training school. No one is teaching children what the consequences of breaking the law are, said Anil Chikara, a transportation expert with the Delhi government.

The trend of youth driving has grown with the advent of scooty on Indian roads, with students arriving at schools and training classes in such vehicles, often without a helmet. Unlike other developed countries where non-compliance with traffic regulations does not result in compensation from insurance companies, here the police cannot even hold the driver killed for the fatal act.

There is a strong opinion that the police should not arrest or penalize parents or guardians if a minor driver is killed. We will be considered insensitive to those who have lost their loved ones, said a police officer from a southern city who did not wish to be identified. Considering how lethal the driving of minors could be, the recently amended Motor Vehicles Act has introduced provisions to hold juvenile offender tutors responsible for violating the rules.

The law says that in such cases the court will presume that the use of the vehicle by the minor was with the consent of the guardian or the owner of the vehicle. In such cases, the tutors or owners will be punished with up to three years in jail and a fine of Rs 25,000. The vehicle registration will be for one year and the minor will not be eligible to receive a driver's license under Section 9, or a learner's license under Section 8, until said minor has reached the age of 25.