Rs 57cr collected from 47 lakh traffic offences in Maharashtra

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Rs 57cr collected from 47 lakh traffic offences in Maharashtra

 MUMBAI: Maharashtra recorded 46.72 lakh traffic violations between January and November 2013 and collected Rs 57.12 crore in fines from offenders. Unauthorized parking topped the list, followed by drunk driving, use of tinted glass, helmetless riding and improper number plates. Road Safety Fortnight will start on January 3 in the state.

"We want 50% of the fines collected to be used towards modernization of the state traffic department. A proposal has been submitted to the state government," said an official.

Transport expert Ashok Datar said unauthorized parking is a major problem and converting free parking into paid parking is the need of the hour. "The violations recorded by the police for unauthorized parking are only a tip of the iceberg; actual cases are a lot more. We Mumbai Environment Social Network (MESN) conducted a study on eight major roads of the city, counting the number of vehicles parked on them between 2006 and 2013. The number of vehicles has increased by three to five times," said Datar, a member of Mumbai Environment Social Network.

"While only 10,000 cars can be stationed, there are more than 2 lakh vehicles being parked currently. There are two solutions to the issue: park only where permitted and don't park without payment," he added.

 

Datar cited a Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) norm, which stipulates that at least half of the vehicles in the city should be parked with payment. "All free parking in the city needs to be converted into paid parking and at reasonable rates. This will allow buses with a lot of space to move. For instance, at least 1 lakh cars should be made to pay for parking. The rates could be around Rs 30 to 40 per hour for eight hours or so," suggested Datar. Experts say more importance needs to be given to using public transport as against private vehicles. "Double or triple parking is often seen on roads causing blockages," said an activist. Explaining the importance of sporting proper number plates on vehicles, experts said that CCTVs cameras installed on junctions should be able to capture these flawlessly. "Many vehicles use fancy number plates. This makes it difficult to identify them in case of an accident," said an activist.

Date of Article: 
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Source: 
The Times of India