Saswat Singhdeo

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has raised questions on State government's decision to relax enforcement of new traffic rules for three months.

In a letter, OHRC has claimed that the 'liberty granted by the government is being misutilized as a license by habitual law breakers creating a free for all situation on the road endangering the life and property of law abiding citizens, drivers and pedestrians.'

The OHRC also mentioned that some people are bent upon not to abide by law and are obstructing officials from discharging the duties.

The Commission has asked for cooperation of the Deputy Commissioners of Police (Traffic), Bhubaneswar-Cuttack and Regional Transport Officers on the following points:

1)Whether overloaded auto rickshaws are periodically checked and taken to task in case of violation of conditions of the registration and traffic rules.

2)Whether persons having no driving license/insurance can be allowed to drive vehicles during this three months period granted by the government to obtain/rectify the legal documents

3)What would be the stand of the State in case of a road mishap by illegally driven vehicles and in the event the wrongdoer takes a plea

4)If a vehicle driven by a person without driving license causes any road mishap then what would be the legal consequence? Whether the insurance company will be vicariously liable, if not, who will pay the compensation to the claimant?