U'khand HC passes new orders to improve road safety, higher penalties also in place..
Justice Rajiv Sharma said the transport department should seize cellphones of those caught using them while driving anywhere in the state for at least 24 hours..
People caught talking on their mobile phones while driving in Uttarakhand will now have to pay a heavier penalty for the offence than just paying a fine.
Justice Rajiv Sharma of the Uttarakhand HC said the transport department should seize the cellphones of those caught using them while driving anywhere in the state for at least 24 hours. The department will then provide a valid receipt following the seizure.
"The Uttarakhand State Transport Department shall also register the FIRs, under the relevant provisions of the IPC as well as the Motor Vehicles Act,1988, against the violators of law involved in overloading, use of mobile phones while driving/jumping red-light," the court order said.