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160 fined on Day 1 of traffic drive

Jamshedpur, Dec. 15: Next time you bend traffic rules in the city, you might not just get away with a warning.

The district traffic police today launched a month-long traffic awareness drive at five places of the city to crack down primarily on two and three-wheelers flouting norms.

Sources said the drive would focus on curbing the trend of driving without helmets among teens and crack down on triple riding and over loading of three-wheelers.

The drive kicked off simultaneously in Bistupur, Sakchi, Mango, Golmuri and Jugsalai around 11am and continued for more than three hours, during which nearly 40 three-wheeler and 120 two-wheeler drivers were fined.

Speaking to The Telegraph, deputy superintendent of police (traffic) Rakesh Mohan Sinha said the drive was launched following numerous complaints from citizens’ forums who voiced concern about the rising number of motor vehicle mishaps in the city.

“Usually our traffic drives are limited to fining riders for not wearing helmets or not carrying valid documents. However, this time our primary focus will be on overloaded two and three-wheelers,” Sinha said.

The senior traffic policeman added that all fines levied would be according to Motor Vehicles Inspection Rules.

“As per permits issued by the state transport authority, no two-wheeler can carry more than two persons whereas a three-wheeler can carry a maximum of five (including driver),” Sinha said.

He added that during Day One of the drive they had found that three-wheelers in the city, operating as commercial transport vehicles, blatantly flouted road norms.