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`Respect rights of other road users'

By Our Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE, JAN. 16. P. Vishwanath Shetty, Judge, High Court of Karnataka and Executive President of Karnataka Legal Services Authority, on Sunday called upon drivers, especially of buses and autorickshaws, to adhere to the rule of law and respect the rights of other road users while using the roads.

He was addressing a gathering after inaugurating a legal awareness programme on Motor Vehicles Act and Accident Relief Fund Scheme for drivers of autorickshaw, bus and other public transport vehicles.

The programme had been organised by Dakshina Kannada Legal Services Authority and Yuva Shakthi, a youth organisation.

Mr. Shetty asked drivers to maintain their professional ethics and drive with care.

He said drivers of large vehicles especially of buses should not neglect the fact that other road users such as persons using bicycles, motorcycles and pedestrians do have rights to use the road.

Ethics

Like persons in other professions drivers too had professional ethics to follow.

They should take utmost care while handling passengers. Even if some passengers went out of the way while dealing with drivers, the drivers should not act in the same manner. Mr. Shetty said if drivers followed traffic rules and other laws there would not be any scope for accidents. He distributed registration certificates under the Accident Relief Fund Scheme symbolically to a few drivers.

Mr. Shetty said under the scheme if a driver of an autorickshaw, bus or other public transport vehicle registered with the Regional Transport Office (RTO) died or suffered permanent disability in road accidents his dependents would get Rs. 50,000 compensation. The drivers need not pay any money to avail themselves of the scheme.

But they have to register themselves with the RTO to avail themselves of the benefit of the scheme.

Registration certificates

He said he had learnt from the RTO that of about 9,000 drivers in Dakshina Kannada, 4,500 drivers were in Mangalore city. Of the number of drivers in the district only 1,000 drivers had registered their names to get registration certificates.

The scheme would be implemented through the Legal Services Authority.

M. Giridhar, Regional Transport Officer, Dakshina Kannada, said the number of vehicles in the district had been increasing as the population was also increasing. As a result, the number of accidents was going up. The district had 1.85 lakh registered vehicles. Of these, the number of autorickshaws was 10,000 and buses 1,000. P.P. Hegde, president, Yuva Shakthi, appealed to the Government to increase the amount of compensation payable to dependents of drivers to Rs. 1 lakh.

The Government should not ask drivers to re-register with the RTO to avail themselves of the benefit of the scheme as they had registered themselves while obtaining license and also during registering of their vehicles.

The Principal District and Sessions Judge, G.V. Hegde, participated. The Chief Judicial Magistrate and Member-Secretary of Dakshina Kannada Legal Services Authority, N.C. Srinivasa, welcomed the gathering.

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