In a significant move that could curb the number of accidents caused by underage riders, Nagpur Traffic Police decided to imprison parents of minors caught driving. The parents and their minor children would be booked under Section 279 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), under which offenders could be jailed and fined.
However, first time offenders will be counselled along with their parents or the owner of the vehicle they are caught driving.
The step has been taken keeping in mind the imminent opening of schools in the city, which always sees a large number of underage drivers sans licenses. While teams of traffic policemen would be posted near schools and colleges, the police are also writing letters to principals and headmasters seeking their cooperation in making young students comply with traffic rules and regulations.
Extending the drive to the mushrooming coaching classes spread across the city, where the fear of disciplined school authorities does not exist, could ensure better compliance by the students.