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School students to be restricted from bike riding in Odisha capital

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Bhubaneswar: In a bid to minimise road mishaps on city roads and prevent minor children from rash driving, the Commissionerate police has launched a special drive putting restrictions on bike riding by school students.

As per the new rule, Instead of slapping fine amount on the school students, the penalty will be charged from the parents if their minor children will be caught riding bikes on road.

The bike will be seized. The parents have to visit the police station to take back the bike after signing an agreement and paying Rs 500 fine. The bike will be returned to the parents within a week after completing the above formalities.

In case of failure in meeting the rules, the police will register a case against the bike owner and forward the seized bike to the court.

There is rule that a minor can apply for driving license after turning 18 years. But, many school students between age 13 and 15 years are found riding bikes in very high speed that leads to road mishaps. Even they violate the traffic rules not riding the vehicles in proper manner, said police commissioner YB Khurania.

Several allegations are being reported on immature driving on city roads. Although, fine amount is collected from the rule violators, but there is no impact on the minor children, he said.

A special drive has been launched by the commissionerate police to check bike driving by school students. The traffic police has formed a mobile squad that will be deployed for patrolling near various schools especially the English medium and convent schools.

Apart from restricting the students from riding bikes, awareness programme will be held in various schools after discussing with the school authorities. The parents and students will be informed about the traffic rules in the programmes, Khurania said.

Notably, the Commissionerate police have caught 1,732 persons without driving licenses in the state capital by August this year, out of which 541 were school and college students.

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