| Traffic superintendent of police Rajeev Mishra in Patna on Thursday. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey |
Traffic police would soon introduce a slew of measures to curb traffic offences, including photographing vehicles parked wrongly in busy areas.
The photograph would be then sent to the district transport office to initiate the procedure of cancellation of the licence. Apart from taking pictures of the cars, the officers on duty would also click photographs of traffic personnel on the streets taking bribe to clamp down on corruption.
The police would also crack down on overloading of autorickshaws and city ride buses. Drivers found talking on cellphones while behind the wheel would be penalised and their licences cancelled, said Patna traffic superintendent of police Rajeev Mishra on Thursday.
“Wrongly parked vehicles in different streets of the city are a menace. A new initiative has been started. The police would take pictures of such vehicles and it would be sent to the district transport office, which has the authority to cancel the licence. The district transport officer would send notices to the vehicle owners and will hear his/her plea as well. The officer would then initiate the process of cancellation of licences. The same rules would be applicable for overloaded public and people caught talking on mobile phones while driving,” the officer said.
“The drive has been started from today (Thursday). Seventy wrongly parked vehicles were photographed and would be sent to the district transport office. This will be applicable for cars wrongly parked in very busy areas like Station Road, Ashok Rajpath, Kargil Chowk and others, he said.
He added: “For vehicles wrongly parked in less busy streets, the traffic police would fine them according to rules under the Motor Vehicles Act. The same procedures would be followed if we find any overloaded autorickshaw or a City Ride bus. The auto drivers have been repeatedly told not to carry passengers in the front seat but they don’t care to listen. However, when they are fined, most of them tend to argue. Instructions have been given to the cops not to get into arguments and just photograph them. As many as 20 digital cameras have been provided to the sector in-charges.”
The police would now concentrate on 25 traffic offences. “ However, to crack down on corruption, instructions have been given to photograph traffic constables and officers who are on the streets. The drive has started and one assistant sub-inspector, two constables and six home guard jawans were clicked accepting bribe from motorists. All of them were suspended and departmental proceedings would be initiated against them,” the traffic SP added.