Traffic constables with the seized bikes at Jugsalai police station on Tuesday. (Bhola Prasad)
Red-and-blue registration plates are making the men in uniform see red.
Jamshedpur police on Tuesday launched a crackdown on bikes illegally using number plate colour codes exclusively meant for the force.
City SP Karthik S. engineered the campaign after it was found that the red-and-blue plates, reserved for official police vehicles, were being misused by rogue riders to hoodwink traffic personnel and escape surprise checking drives on arteries and roundabouts.
“We have issued this directive following complaints on misuse of the police colours. Henceforth, anyone found using red-and-blue number plates in an unauthorised manner will be prosecuted. We will be tracking footage of the 16 CCTV cameras in Sakchi to nab offenders,” Karthik said.
On Tuesday, the drive was carried out at five traffic police station areas — Sakchi, Bistupur, Jugsalai, Mango and Golmuri.
DSP (traffic) R.M. Sinha said offenders would be prosecuted for violation of Section 179 of Motor Vehicle Act, 1988. “This amounts to willful disobedience to traffic rules stipulated by Regional Transport Authority and will invite a fine of Rs 500. Today’s drive was carried out from noon to 3pm,” said Sinha.
Ten rogue riders were caught in Jugsalai, while two were stopped at Bistupur. Traffic police nabbed three offenders each in Sakchi and Golmuri, while one person was caught during the drive in Mango.
The traffic DSP revealed that most of vehicles stopped during the exercise were relatives of policemen in the district.
“Some of them were kin of cops who have been transferred to other districts Jharkhand or to Bihar,” he added.
According to the law, even policemen are not authorised to use such number plates on their personal vehicles. “Only official police vehicles and tiger mobile teams are allowed to use the distinct red-and-blue number plates,” said Sinha.
The senior officer further said that they would repeat the drive on major thoroughfares of the steel city. “There is no specific time frame for this campaign. We will continue it apart from our regular helmet-checking and arms drives,” he said.