Traffic violators in Kerala will no longer be able to get away with mere payment of fines for traffic violations. The Motor Vehicles Department (MVD) is planning to suspend the license of those who violate rules. 

The department is already considering suspending the license of 1.5 lakh serial offenders. Those who violated traffic rules repeatedly after October 2016, will have to face the heat. Their license will be suspended for three months. 

The decision was taken at a meeting held by Transport Secretary at Thiruvananthapuram, in compliance with Supreme Court directive. Notice will be issued to offenders through regional transport offices, starting May 27.

The Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety chaired by Justice K S Radhakrishnan had asked Chief Secretaries of states and Union Territories to take stern action against violators of the law.

The directive was issued as a measure to deal with drunken driving, speeding, violation of helmet and seatbelt laws, red light jumping, overloading, using mobile phones while driving, etc. to reduce the number of fatalities and accidents.

The committee had also recommended to prosecute those caught driving under the influence of drugs and drinks and to seek imprisonment under Section 185 of Motor Vehicle Act.