6. The principal Act is amended by inserting, immediately after section 42, the following section:
—(1) The Public Prosecutor may apply to the court for an order disqualifying a person from holding or obtaining a driving licence if —
that person is accused of an offence under this Act or the rules or any written law specified in Part II of the Schedule and had failed to appear before a court to answer the charge against him notwithstanding that he had been served with the appropriate process of court requiring him to so appear before that court;
the court before which he was to have appeared had, pursuant to his default in appearance, issued a warrant for his arrest;
he has been arrested pursuant to the warrant and subsequently released on bail;
he has been duly informed by —
the Deputy Commissioner of Police;
the officer who arrested him; or
if he is accused of an offence under any written law specified in Part II of the Schedule, an officer responsible for administering such written law,
that should he fail to appear in court on the date next appointed for his appearance in connection with the offence of which he is accused, the Public Prosecutor shall make an application under this section for him to be disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence; and
he has failed, without lawful excuse, to appear in court on the date next appointed for his appearance in connection with the offence of which he is accused.
(2) Upon an application made by the Public Prosecutor under subsection (1), the court, if satisfied of the matters referred to in paragraphs (a) to (e) of that subsection and, having regard to the circumstances of the case and the behaviour of the accused person, is of the opinion that it is undesirable for him to continue to be allowed to drive a motor vehicle, may make an order disqualifying the accused person from holding or obtaining a driving licence until the offence of which he is accused has been tried and determined by a court or for such other period as the court thinks fit.
(3) Where the court makes an order under subsection (2) disqualifying a person from holding or obtaining a driving licence for any period ending before the trial and determination of the offence of which that person is accused, the court may, on further application of the Public Prosecutor, extend the period of the disqualification if it thinks fit.”.