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The All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF) continued with its awareness cum interaction programme on road traffic safety at Daporijo, the headquarters of Upper Subansiri district on Monday.

The programme was organized by the All Upper Subansiri Tata Sumo Union (AUSTSU), a federal unit of the AAPPTF.

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The aim of the event was to make people, especially the drivers and federation members aware about traffic rules and safety and their responsibilities while on road.

Addressing a mammoth gathering, AAPPTF president Dobing Sonam, while highlighting the important amendments made to the Motor Vehicle Act said ‘the government has amended the Act not to harass the public with fines, but to contain road accidents’.

“The increase in challans is not to harass us, but it is an initiative which would help minimize road accidents. In a very short amount of time since its implementation, a large number of vehicle owners have started to realise the Act’s importance,” Sonam said.

“It is slowly instilling fear in the minds of those who have habit of violating traffic rules,” he said.

Sonam said as most accidents occur due to reckless and drunken driving it is then, the duty of the driver to avoid the same.

“Following basic traffic rules and safety measures will keep us away from the challans as well as accidents,” he said further appealing the drivers to keep their documents intact.

The AAPPTF president, on behalf of the AUSTSU, also appealed the local administration to shift the otherwise scattered Sumo counters to one particular place and screed the land of the preset auto stand.

He also appealed the district transport officers to initiate a licence drive where the drivers can apply for and renew their licences.

Circle officer Dubom Apang and superintendent of police Taru Gusar in their respective speeches called upon the drivers and vehicle owners to support the administration and police in curtailing traffic congestion in the district headquarters.

The duo also appealed them follow traffic rules and practice safety measures at all times while driving.

The gathering later took a pledge to do the same.

Programme organizing chairman Milli Tayo, secretary Pania Sikom and overall in-charge Babu Mosu also spoke on the occasion.

DAMIEN LEPCHA

Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: lepcharaul@gmail.com