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Private push to tow jobs

The traffic police, short on cranes, are thinking of appointing a private agency to tow away wrongly parked vehicles.

There are only three wreckers available with the force to tow away wrongly parked vehicles in Patna. The private agency is expected to increase the number of wreckers and lessen the chaos on the roads.

Sources in the force said the officers were in talks with a few private companies that can provide mini wreckers to tow away four-wheelers.

An officer told The Telegraph: “At present, the police have three wreckers. One of those is stationed at Mahatma Gandhi Setu as the situation there is volatile all the time. Many vehicles develop snags atop the bridge, resulting in traffic snarls. The police cannot afford this, so the wrecker has become a permanent fixture. The other two wreckers are used in the city area.”

Two wreckers for the city are nowhere enough though.

“The traffic situation in Patna is chaotic most of the time and wrong parking is one of the main reasons for it. People park vehicles anywhere they want and the roads, already burdened with encroachments, get more clogged. With only two wreckers, the police cannot take care of the whole city. The police need more mini wreckers, which can be spread out in different parts of the city for effective action. The police are considering to engage private companies and the mini wreckers can be taken on rent,” the officer said.

The fine for wrongly parked vehicles, according to the Motor Vehicle Act, rests at just Rs 100. Sources said at least 10 mini wreckers would be required to meet the requirements in the city. The police are planning to have officers accompany the wrecker operators to check the vehicle papers and collect the fine for traffic violations. The private firm would be able to keep Rs 600 that is collected as charge for the wrecker.