In a recent move, the Bengaluru city police are advising vehicle owners to get their vehicles insured or else their vehicles will be seized. The traffic police will soon launch a drive to spot vehicles without insurance. 

 

The vehicles will be seized as per Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety (SCCRS) directive that allows the vehicle to be released only after the owner produces a valid certificate of insurance. 

 

The committee took the decision after discussing with Insurance Regulatory Development Authority (IRDA), Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH), and Department of Financial Services and General Insurance Council (GIC), reported the Deccan Chronicle. 

 

According to the information of IRDA and GIC despite third party insurance cover being mandatory under Motor Vehicles Act yet more than 50 percent vehicles on roads do not have insurance cover. 

 

The SC committee observed that victims of road accident have to face additional burden to get compensation due to no insurance of the vehicle involved in the accident. In last December, the SCCRS wrote about the situation and gave directives regarding the same, the report stated.

 

In Bengaluru, in another one or two the drive against vehicles without insurance will be launched, the report quoted a senior officer as saying. However, the city traffic police want to create awareness so that motorists do not face any inconvenience due to ignorance. Also, if caught without insurance, a penalty will be levied, added the officer.