Duty of a police driver in West Bengal

Several Police Orders starting from Police Order No. 22 of 1951 have been issued
specifying the duty of police drivers. Direction contained in those orders shall be followed.

Generally their duties are enumerated as under —

i. Each Driver will be in-charge of a vehicle allotted to him by the MTO for its maintenance a n d driving;

ii. He will not permit the allotted vehicle under his charge to be driven by any
un-authorised person;

iii. He will ensure that the vehicle under his charge is not taken out of the MT Pool
except under specific order;

iv. He will always keep with him the documents like movement order & command
certificate, car diary, driving license etc.;

v. He will drive the vehicle on duty only and by the proper route;

vi. He will strictly comply with the provisions of MT running rules;

vii. He will under no circumstances exceed speed limit fixed for different areas;

viii. He is not permitted to smoke in the vehicle. While carrying troops no smoking will
be permitted in the vehicle;

ix. While driving a Government vehicle, he must be in proper uniform unless otherwise
instructed by the competent officer;

x. The senior most in the vehicle or in his absence the driver of the vehicle, will
immediately report to the nearest Police Station, in case of any motor accident in
which life and property is involved or in which any member of the Force is killed or
seriously injured. He will simultaneously inform the MTO of the details of the
accident. It must be ensured that first preference is given to provide medical aid to
injured persons expeditiously and to this extent the arrangements should be made

xi. The Motor vehicle involved in the accident should not be moved from the scene of
accident before inspection by the local police authorities;

xii. He will carry out daily, weekly and monthly maintenance tasks and get his vehicle
inspected by the workshop staff;

xiii. He will get the signature on the car diary of the officer using the vehicle for
government duty immediately after completion of journey;

xiv. Before taking out his vehicle on duty, he will ensure that :

a. The radiator is full of water / coolant and there is no leakage;

b. The engine oil is sufficient and in good condition as indicated by oil pressure

c. Fuel system is functioning properly and there is sufficient petrol/diesel in the

d. Tyre pressure including the spare wheel is correct;

e. Electrical system including light, horn and starter is functioning properly;

f. Electrolyte level is correct;

g. Hand and foot brakes are functioning properly;

h. Transmission system including steering wheel is functioning properly;

i. First Aid Box with available medicine;

xv. He will ensure that the vehicle is not over loaded at any time and that passengers
are not seated in the manner that interferes with driving;

xvi. He will ensure that no un-authorised person travels in the vehicle;

xvii. He will carry out any other duty assigned to him by MTO.

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