Trashigang Dzongda Clarifies Truck License Controversy

KUENSEL report on how the Trashigang Dzongda “seized” the driving license of a DCM truck has sparked a mini outrage on various online social media sites. This is Trashigang Dzongda’s clarification.

Trashigang Dzongda speaks

I wish to clarify on the article “Driver’s license seized…” dated June 18, 2012.

It was on 9 June that we were coming from Mongar towards Trashigang, when we met with a DCM truck, bearing registration no. BP-2-A5531, at around 3pm, a kilometre after crossing Korila pass.

After following for about kilometre or so, we signalled to overtake the truck; how-ever, the driver ignored us, despite clearly knowing that we were driving right behind him.

His co-passenger, probably his handy boy, on several occasions looked back at us and said something to his driver, who simply dared to ignore. To make the matter worse, the driver was not only over speeding at 60kmph, or perhaps more, but was also honking throughout in total defiance of our presence and request to go past on a national-highway. This outrageous behaviour of the driver continued for more than 20km, before he finally pulled over for a stop at Yadi. Yet again at Yadi, he was arrogant, defiant and had no compunction whatsoever of his gross insane behaviour. That is how we took his driving license, which he was readily willing to forsake. Contrary to his statement in the Kuensel, he also knew who we were and from where, but that was not the matter.

Kuensel, being our national newspaper, must present a carefully researched, balanced and unbiased views of the parties reported upon. It was not just “impudence”, but a gross violation of the law of the kingdom, if properly interpreted, as opposed to some views expressed in the paper. The word “seized” has been used out of context, and rightly remarked by some RSTA officials, but being a government representative, and also someone entrusted with the responsibility of overseeing law and order in a jurisdiction, has the right to withhold a document for investigative matters with relevant agencies, that in turn may resort to seizure of a document.

The driver’s document was never “seized”, rather it was withheld for a few hours for taking corrective measures in the larger interest of the public. The document had been handed over the same day to the concerned agencies, with instructions to return it to the owner with some reprimands, which could have been dealt more seriously, or otherwise.

It is important that we present true perspective to our readers to avoid any misgivings.

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By Lungten Dorji, Trashigang Dzongda

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This story from Sangay Tshomo

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