Court warns call-centre drivers against rash driving

January 15th, 2009 - 9:41 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 15 (IANS) Terming safe driving as the right of every citizen, the Delhi High Court Thursday warned call-centre drivers of dire consequences if they drove rashly and beyond speed limits.A division bench headed by Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah and Justice S. Muralidhar dismissed a petition by the All Haryana Tourist Transport Welfare Association and said that safe driving was the need of the hour.

The petition challenged a Delhi Police notification of Oct 19, 2007, asking call-centre drivers not to drive at more than 40 kmph. If found guilty, the vehicle can be impounded or its permit can be cancelled.

The court also expressed anguish over the increasing instances of call-centre drivers flouting traffic rules.

“In 2007 (a total of) 4,726 cab owners were challaned and the number rose to 8,000 in 2008. It is shocking,” said the bench.

The erring taxis are hired by IT and BPO firms to ferry their employees between Delhi and Noida/Gurgaon.

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