IMPHAL, Jan 18 (DIPR)
Transport Minister Vungzagin Valte inaugurated the National Road Safety Month on the theme ‘Sadak Suraksha-Jeevan Raksha’ at the Manipur State Transport (MST) complex, Moirangkhom to disseminate awareness regarding road safety and reduce road accidents, today.
Speaking on the occasion as the chief guest, Valte expressed his gratitude to the traffic police, Transport Department, NGOs and individuals who are instrumental in the awareness campaigns and implementation of road safety rules in the State.
He urged the public to maintain road safety guidelines by wearing helmet, seatbelt and not to use mobile phones while driving.
The Minister asked the authorities concerned to issue driving licence to only the qualified and trained drivers for the safety of the individual and the public.
Valte also instructed the different transport organisations/associations to actively participate in the campaign for Road Safety Month and asked the Transport Department to organize an awareness campaign related to road safety in all the district headquarters.
He also released a pamphlet on 10 golden rules for road safety published and distributed by Department of Transport & IDTRC, Manipur.
Distribution of certificates and memento to traffic control police, enforcement officers of the Transport Department, media persons, NGOs and individuals for their outstanding contribution in road safety-related activities marked the event.
Addressing the programme, P Vaiphei, ACS (Transport) cautioned parents not to allow children to drive vehicles as this can cause accidents and the parents could be penalized upto 3 years of imprisonment.
Registration of vehicles, which has been put on halt, should be registered within March 21 as this will be the last date for extension through the dealers as registration of vehicles will be done by them and not the DTOs, he added.
Dr Rajesh Kumar, Chief Secretary, LM Khaute, Director General of Police graced the function as president and guest of honour.
P Vaiphei, ACS (Transport), Dr Nivedita Lairenlakpam, Director (Transport), officials from the Transport Department and Traffic police also attended the function.