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Wednesday , April 9 , 2014
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Traffic vision travels far

- Master cop shifted to Darbhanga after three-month stint

Patna traffic superintendent of police Rajeev Mishra’s initiative to tame rowdy roadies would pay dividends even after his transfer.

According to a notification issued by the home department late Monday evening, Mishra was made the Darbhanga senior superintendent of police. Satyaveer Singh, who was earlier serving as Bhojpur superintendent of police, replaced him.

Mishra came to Patna as the traffic SP on January 21 this year. He was transferred in less than three months.

“Five days back, it was said that licences of owners of both public and private vehicles would be cancelled if found violating traffic rules. The police said they would focus on vehicles that were wrongly parked in busy areas. Also, speaking over the phone while driving was also another offence, which was being looked at. Public vehicles overloading was another menace. Photographs of such vehicles would be taken and sent to the district transport office (DTO). Around 300 such cases were sent to the DTO already,” an officer said.

Sources in the police ranks said Mishra had conceived the plans to tame traffic violators. A police officer added that he had created a “rulebook of sorts” that would come handy for his successor.

The officer added that, at present, they were concentrating on wrongly parked vehicles and overloading.

“The plan has been executed. Around 300 photographs that have a clear view of the number plates of the vehicles have been sent to the DTO. This proves that the police are on the right track. The DTO would probe the pictures and call the vehicle owners for further action. The district transport officer would take a final call,” the officer said.

The Patna DTO, Dinesh Kumar Rai, confirmed his office had received the case files.

“We have received 200 such cases regarding licence cancellation. Of them, 50 vehicle owners have been called on April 21 and 22 for a hearing. Since proposals are many, hearing needs to be done in phases. The elections have started so there are many other things that need to be taken care of,” he said.

The course of action would be decided according to the provisions stated in the Motor Vehicles Act.

“We would decide whether to fine them (the owners) or cancel their licences. Notices to 50 owners have been sent already. Though I am yet to go through all the cases, most relate to private four-wheelers parked wrongly,” the officer added.

The police had earlier said 20 digital cameras were provided to traffic in-charges in different areas so that they could identify the vehicles, judge them whether they were causing traffic obstruction and then photograph them.

The vehicles were not fined on the spot but their pictures were sent to the DTO.

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