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Helpline, adalats to bring down accidents

By Our Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, OCT. 14. The Motor Vehicles Department will launch a 24-hour helpline to provide assistance to motorists and a three-month-long intensive drive to enforce motor vehicle rules as part of efforts to bring down the mounting road accidents in the State.

Announcing this decision at a meeting of the Deputy Transport Commissioners, the Regional Transport Officers (RTO) and the Joint Regional Transport Officers of the department here today, the Minister for Transport, N. Sakthan, instructed the officials to seek the cooperation of all departments concerned to launch the road safety drive.

Road safety drive

The four Deputy Transport Commissioners, later, prepared a draft for the road safety drive.

Adalats will be held in all the districts under the leadership of the State Transport Commissioner, Raman Srivastava, to settle the complaints of motorists on the spot. The department will announce the dates of the adalats in advance and will be advertised in newspapers.

Better service

The Minister said the intention of the Government is to avoid complaints of motorists against the department and provide better service to the public. The Government would look into grievances such as shortage in staff and vehicles, he said.

Besides the 19 RTOs and Joint RTOs of 42 Sub-RTOs in the State, the Chairman and Managing Director of KSRTC, K. P. Somarajan, the Joint Transport Commissioner, K. Padmakumar and the Secretary, State Transport Authority, Alex Paul, attended the meeting.

The meeting reviewed the six month's tax collection, enforcement and road safety work among other things. The meeting was informed that the revenue collection target for the first six months was achieved. The computerisation of the department was proceeding ahead and that of offices will be completed by this year.

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