| Shillong traffic, the clamp which will be used on tyres of vehicles found parked in no-parking zones. Telegraph picture
Shillong, Oct. 29: “Attention all motorists: Starting October 30, 2012, STP (Shillong Traffic Police) will start clamping the tyres of vehicles parked in no-parking areas. Thereafter, they will have to pay the fine at the traffic branch mentioned in the sticker pasted on their windshield, following which their wheel will be unlocked. Please do not defy no-parking signs.”
This is the message from the Shillong Traffic Police posted on the STP’s Facebook wall.
While the message was posted this afternoon, some Facebook users have already posted comments.
“Smart move! Very innovative,” a Facebook user said, while another commented, “I hope they do the same to all government vehicles parked in all no-parking spots.”
Another Facebook user said, “This is preferred over being towed to the police station, because I have seen the damages on the bumpers and front parts of the cars, which are being towed resulting to double expenses (car repairing plus fine).”
“Will this be a blanket rule or just for the masses that cannot go against or are not in authority?” another user asked.
“First of all, the government should construct sufficient parking space and then implement similar policies,” a youth posted.
Haphazard parking of vehicles in a city which is already congested and where roads are narrow has added pressure to traffic management, causing unnecessary snarls.
Addressing a news conference this evening, East Khasi Hills superintendent of police M. Kharkrang said the traffic police have procured around 40 clamping machines so far and these will be used from tomorrow.
“We will first start with the areas which fall under Sadar police station and the Laitumkhrah police station before we move to other areas,” Kharkrang said.
“From January to September this year, the traffic police have been able to realise fines to the tune of Rs 54,60,650 from 12,457 cases, which relate to breaking of traffic rules ,” he added.