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Tamil Nadu to make it must for drivers to carry original DLs

On Tuesday, Tamilnadu Government announced that from September 1, drivers have to carry their original driving licences.

The state government will soon make it compulsory to care original driving licence as it would help to hold drivers accountable in case of road rule violations and accidents, reasoned transport minister M R Vijayabhaskar on Tuesday .

The government’s latest move, which comes into effect on September 1.

This move aims to cut down on accidents and effectively penalise offenders.

The decision was necessitated because many drivers carried around, and submitted, photocopies of driving licences even after their original licences had been sus jayabhaskar said.

Road accidents dropped down by over 3000 in the January-July period, said minister. 

He added that they would fall by half soon due to the department’s efforts.

Plans are also on to introduce electric buses in Chennai this year on trial basis, he said.

They yet to decide about the routes and pricing of tickets.

Authorities said that the first set of e-buses would hit the road in September.

Tamil Nadu tops the national list of road accidents, as the state witnessed 15,642 deaths in 2015, according to the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB).

About 9,500 driving licenses have been suspended this year due to violations such as over-speeding, signal jumping and drunk driving.


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