The court told the government to stop issuing new licenses and not renew the existing ones after 31 March.More than 146,000 people died last year in traffic accidents in the country.
About 5% – or 6,755 – deaths were due to cases where the driver was either drunk or had taken drugs.
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(There should be) no liquor vends on national and state highways,” news agency AFP quoted Chief Justice TS Thakur, who headed the three-judge bench, as saying in his order on Thursday.The court also said that all liquor advertisements should be removed from the highways and shops selling alcohol must be located at least 500 metres (1,640 feet) away from them.
Campaigners say the large number of liquor shops located along the highways are “a great temptation and a distraction for road users”.