Even after the government has made stringent laws against underage riding in India, the problem is still widespread across the country. In Raipur, Chattisgarh, as many as seven underage kids were spotted riding the same scooter. The police have now booked the parents and have seized the scooter.
The incident happened on Ring Road in Raipur. The minor children wanted to do stunts so one of them got his father’s Honda Activa for the same. Seven kids then rode the scooter on the public roads and not a single person was wearing a helmet.
The video made by a fellow motorist shows the children hanging on the side and holding the other kids who were sitting. When they saw the camera, they even waved at it and became happy that someone is watching them doing dangerous stunts on the public roads.
The motorist then uploaded the video on social media and it became viral. The police also saw the video and prepared a team to trace the scooter and catch the culprits. With the help of the CCTV and video footage, the cops traced the owner of the scooter.
Based on the video evidence, the cops have issued a fine of Rs 40,000 to the owner of the Activa and have booked him under four sections for breaking rules and driving dangerously on the public roads. The cops have also seized the scooter and have asked the owner of the scooter to be present at a court hearing.
While the decision of the court is still awaited, the cops have mentioned that the court can either send the man to jail for up to three years, if found guilty.
Minor driving is a major offence
Even though there are rules to issue challans and fines to the parents of minors who illegally ride or drive vehicles without a valid license, that does not stop many of them. In the past, the police have issued massive challans and fines to the parents who let their kids operate motor vehicles. In fact, the police have also sent a few parents to jail to send a message. However, such steps also do not have much impact.
Minors driving a vehicle on public roads is a major crime and the cops can take strict actions against the defaulters. A minor driving on the road is illegal and hence, not covered by any insurance policy. Also, a minor getting involved in accidents can become a complicated case.
Earlier, Hyderabad Police issued a strict warning to the parents of the minor children who ride motorcycles. The cops even detained the parents of the minor children who were caught driving cars and motorcycles illegally and sent them to jail overnight. A court judgement earlier asked the cops to hold the parents responsible for allowing the minor children to ride or drive cars and two-wheelers. The legal age of getting a driving license in India is 18 years old. One can learn to drive or ride before that but in private places like a race track or a private road.