BENGALURU: The Halasuru Gate traffic police on Thursday seized a private van ferrying school students after the driver was found driving under the influence of alcohol.
A police officer said Manju, the van driver, was found ferrying more than 30 students of Bishop Cotton School. When Halasuru Gate traffic police stopped the vehicle at 7.30am on Nrupathunga Road and questioned him for reckless driving, it was found that he was drunk and also carrying excess school children without a driving licence or permit. “We have seized the vehicle and detained the driver,” a senior police officer said.
At present, the fine for drunken driving is only Rs 2,000 under the Motor Vehicles Act.
However, the Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill 2016, which was recently placed in Parliament, has proposed to hike it to Rs 10,000.
This is the second instance this month where a school bus driver was caught driving drunk.
Adugodi traffic police also recently seized a school bus after the driver was found driving in an inebriated state. The bus was carrying students when police caught the driver.