| Vehicles parked on a no-parking stretch on SP Verma Road. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey |
Three months late than never.
The traffic police have initiated cancellation of driving licences of people wrongly parking vehicles on the city roads, more than 90 days after announcing the drive.
Traffic superintendent of police (SP) Rajeev Mishra on Thursday said his department personnel have cancelled the driving licences of 35 motorists for violating no-parking norms and obstructing traffic movement in congested areas of the city over the past few days.
Apart from that, the district transport office (DTO) has warned 185 motorists against violating the norm.
“More than 1,000 proposals for cancellation of driving licences had been sent to the DTO since the drive was announced in April this year. The DTO heard the cases in a phase-wise manner before cancelling the driving licences of 35 motorists for three months as punishment. A total of 185 motorists were let off with warnings. The licence cancellation number would increase with the DTO hearings scheduled every 15 days. The drive would continue,” said Mishra.
On April 3, former traffic SP Rajeev Mishra had launched the drive, which proposed strict action, not just penalty, against drivers of vehicles found wrongly parked in congested areas. It was also announced that photographs of such vehicles would be sent to the DTO for action.
“We have observed that motorists don’t obey laws even fined. The licence cancellation drive is on in areas that see heavy traffic rush. For instance, parking violation in Ashok Rajpath area, Boring Road or Boring Canal Road can trigger serious traffic mess. In other areas, violators would be fined,” added the officer.
Sources at the DTO attributed to the actual launch of the drive to delay in decision-making. Twenty cameras have been provided to traffic cops for the drive.
However, motorists had different suggestions about the plan.
“When the police concentrate on the driving licence cancellation drive, they would see that a majority of motorists don’t carry one. So there is no guarantee that motorists whose licences are cancelled would not drive. The police cannot check the driving licence of each and every parking norm violator. Rather their vehicles should be impounded for a month or so. That would be a better lesson,” said Rakesh Kumar, a resident of Boring Road.