Warangal CP Pramod Kumar warned parents against letting their minor kids drive vehicles. They have stated parents who provide vehicles to their minor children to drive, would be jailed. The vehicle owners who give their vehicles to minors will also suffer a similar fate, he said. Releasing a 40-second awareness video clip about underage driving, the Warangal CP said the move was aimed at curbing underage driving and mishaps, the Commissioner said.
“This 40-second video clip is intended to enlighten the public about the possible risks of allowing minors to drive vehicles,” he said. “By holding parents responsible for allowing their children to drive, we hope they become extra cautious,” he added.
If a minor child is found driving any vehicle, the parents would be notified and called to the police station. After counseling them, a case would be booked under Section 199A of the motor vehicles (amendment) act 2019 and they would be produced before the court.
According to Section 180 of the Central Motor Vehicle Act, no person under the age of 18 shall drive a motor vehicle in any public place. However, a motor vehicle with an engine capacity not exceeding 50cc may be driven in a public place by a person after attaining the age of 16, provided they have the parent’s consent.
Traffic ACP Bala Swamy, CTC ACP Sambaiah, Hanamkonda traffic inspector Vijay Kumar, inspector Hannan, and Kazipet traffic sub-inspector Hameed were among others present.