As part of the initiative to enforce strict lane discipline on roads across the state, the Motor Vehicle Department (MVD) launched a month-long statewide lane discipline campaign on Monday.
The campaign was inaugurated by Transport Commissioner Rishi Raj Singh at Aroor Toll Plaza.
He said the campaign aims to make roads safe and congestion-free and urged people to cooperate with MVD officials in implementing the lane traffic rules.
“Road safety is the right of the people. It can be made a reality if people follow lane traffic which will pave the way for a comfortable journey at a reasonable speed on the roads,” the Commissioner said.
He also said the department would organise awareness programmes during the campaign. “We will distribute leaflets on the rules of lane traffic to passengers at selected places across the state. After the campaign ends, lane traffic violation will be penalised. Surveillance cameras have been installed at all junctions to nab the violators,” he said.Meanwhile, Motor Vehicle Department officials noted the lane indiscipline often lead to traffic congestion, especially at junctions. “Also, lack of lane discipline leads to accidents. We have seen commuters carelessly switching from one lane to another, that poses a threat to those behind,” they said.
The department officials also urged people to follow the lane discipline and keep to the left on the road. “Road marking should be followed and vehicles are not allowed to change lanes without proper indication. The bus, truck, three-wheeler and two-wheeler must keep to the left. Take the right only while overtaking,” they said.
Joint Transport Commissioner Alex Paul, Deputy Transport Commissioners, P A Sainudeen and P V Varghese and Regional Transport officers B J Antony and M K Ravindranath were also present. An awareness rally was also conducted as part of the campaign.