Have you drunk alcohol or not…now the brakes have been put on wrong challan, what are the new rules regarding breath analyser

Ananya Shroff
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Have you drunk alcohol or not…now the brakes have been put on wrong challan, what are the new rules regarding breath analyser


New Delhi: The government has issued a draft of rules to increase the accuracy and reliability of breath analyzers that help catch drunk drivers. This will also reduce the disputes over drunk driving challan to a great extent. According to this draft notification of the Department of Consumer Affairs, these devices will have to work in certain ways. Such as showing only the last measurement, printing the result from the printer, not working without paper, giving additional information along with the result and showing the amount of alcohol in the blood in different formats.

The study revealed incorrect readings
New breath analysers will have to be verified and stamped under the Legal Metrology Act, while the devices in use will have to be verified and stamped within a year of the notification coming into force. The department says this verification will prevent wrongful penalties and strengthen the law and office rules. The process of checking the breath analyser and correcting its sensor to give the correct reading is called calibration. A study conducted by Delhi's Institute for Road Traffic Education a few years ago found that many breath analysers were giving incorrect readings.

New rules for speed measurement to be implemented soon
The government will also bring in rules for verification and calibration of Doppler and microwave sensors that measure the speed of vehicles. As per the proposed rules, new radars will have to be verified and stamped within a year of the notification coming into effect and old radars will have to be verified and stamped when the time comes for their re-verification.

If the fine has increased then why the wrong fine?

The rules also state that if the radar records the speed, it should contain information such as date, time, measured speed and the direction in which the vehicle was traveling. Traffic experts say that this step of the government will reduce complaints of wrong challans. Especially when the speed limit and penalty for drunk driving have been increased.


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