Kathua: Dr. Samoon inaugurates free Medical-cum-Awareness camp for Drivers

Kathua: Dr. Samoon inaugurates free Medical-cum-Awareness camp for Drivers

KATHUA, DECEMBER 26:- Regional Transport Office, Kathua, in collaboration with Health and ISM Departments today organised a free Medical-cum-Awareness camp for Drivers and Conductors of passenger vehicles, here at New Bus Stand.

The camp was inaugurated by Principal Secretary to Government, Transport Department, Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon in presence of DDC, O P Bhagat, ASP, Ramnish Gupta and RTO Kathua, R K Thapa.

A team of Doctors and Para-medical staff of Health & ISM Departments conducted Medical check-up of Scores of Drivers and Transport operators of passenger vehicles. They were checked up for eyesight, blood pressure, diabetes etc.

In his inaugural address, Dr. Samoon impressed upon the officers/officials of Motor Vehicles Department and Transporters/Drivers to ensure safety of road users and strict adherence to Motor Vehicles Act/Rules. He also advised RTO Kathua to conduct extensive anti- traffic violation inspection on all routes to minimize road accidents.

He lauded the role of Motor Vehicles & Health Department for organising the Medical-cum-Awareness camp and advised them to conduct such programmes regularly. He stated that Department has introduced E-buses in Jammu and Srinagar cities and will strengthen public transport in hilly areas so as to reduce accidents and traffic congestion, especially in cities. He also advised transporters to avail benefits of Transport Subsidy Scheme (@ Rs. 5 lakh per vehicle) to phase out 15 year old vehicles from roads.

He also stated that construction of Institute of Driving Training and Research (IDTR), Jammu and ICC, Samba is expected to be completed by March 2020, where drivers training and automatic/mechanical fitness of vehicles shall be conducted for reducing accidents and ensuring safety of road users.

Expressing concern over increasing incidents of road accidents especially in hilly areas, Dr. Samoon stressed upon all stakeholders, including drivers to follow traffic rules for safe driving. He cautioned drivers not to mix drinking and driving and desist from over-speeding.

To inculcate safe driving habits among the youth, Dr. Samoon informed that Road Safety Clubs have been constituted in colleges, high and higher secondary schools to inculcate habit of safe driving among the students.

Earlier, DDC, O P Bhagat stated that the main purpose of organising such camps is to ensure physical and mental fitness of drivers for ensuring safe driving on roads. He also informed about the recent amendments made in Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 effective from September 1, 2019.

Pertinently, in the recent amendments, fines/penalties for different violations of Motor Vehicle Act/Rules have been revised.

The RTO, in his welcome address, stated that Motor Vehicles Department has been continuously conducting such Medical-cum-Awareness Camps at Kathua for the benefit of drivers. He also informed the participants about various departmental initiatives for the benefit of driver fraternity.

Among others present were ARTO, Neeraj Sharma; Nodal Officer School Health, Dr. Sandeep Raina, besides MVIs and representatives of transport unions.