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In Bengaluru, man fined for letting minor drive tractor | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: A local court in the city on Monday held a tractor driver guilty under the Motor Vehicles Act for allowing a 15-year-old boy to drive a vehicle on February 18, and fined him Rs 15,000.
The driver is Umesh Kumar, a resident of Upkar Layout in Ullal, west Bengaluru, and from Raichur in north Karnataka.
A netizen had on Twitter uploaded the picture of the minor driving the tractor near the RTO office in Ullal, seeking police action. In their reply, traffic police had asked the Twitterati to file a complaint against the driver at any nearby police station. The reply drew criticism from netizens who took the cops to task.
“This is the IT capital and such complaints on social media is enough for police to act.” “When such messages are uploaded with pictures, is not the duty of police to act suo motu?” “Cops have acted on such pictures in the past and why not this time?” read the tweets.
The boy lives next to Umesh’s house and had driven the tractor for nearly 100 metres.
Kengeri traffic police traced the tractor owner and its driver on Sunday evening. “The tractor is owned by Amaramma of Raichur. The vehicle is driven and maintained by Umesh Kumar. On Monday, he was produced before the court which penalised him Rs 15,500 for giving the vehicle to the minor and Rs 500 for a defective number plate,” police said.

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