The Madras high court on Tuesday refused to stay an order by the Tamil Nadu government, making it mandatory for motorists to carry original driving licenses with them from September 1.
Meanwhile, the city police has stated that those motorists who do not carry original driving licenses will be prosecuted.
In a press release, police said the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety has also instructed all states to cancel the driving licences of motorists involved in certain violations. Referring to various sections of the Motor Vehicle act, the police said Section 181 of the MVAct 1988, describes the punishment for driving a vehicle without valid driving licence.
People driving a vehicle without valid driving licences are liable to be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three months, or with fine which may go up to Rs 500, or with both.
The statement further said as per Section 3 of the MV Act 1988, it is mandatory that no person shall drive the motor vehicle in any public place unless he holds an effective driving licence issued to him authorizing him to drive the vehicle.
Recently, Transport Minister MR Vijayabhaskar said drivers will need to carry their original licence from September 1.
He said there have been instances when drivers carry photocopies of licences, even though they might have been temporarily suspended or revoked.
“This measure was taken after consultation with senior traffic police officials. It will help reduce accidents,” the minister said.