WITHIN A month of having introduced the wheel-clamping system, to crack down on illegal parking, the Chandigarh traffic police has issued 550 challans to motorists wrongly parking their vehicles at public places. Wrongful parking on the sides of roads had been obstructing the flow of traffic and leading to jams and chaos.
To address the problem, traffic police had begun challaning people by using clamps, in the last week of February. The Chandigarh Police has 100 such clamps and had distributed them among five different teams , which move around the city in five vans. Two clamps are placed on the wheels of a car found wrongly park.
Giving reasons for using two clamps on one car, UT senior superintendent of police Sukhchain Singh Gill said, “If we use the clamp on only one wheel, people can easily remove the wheel and use the spare one. But an FIR will be filed against such people”.
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On the success of the initiative, Gill said, “It is definitely a success. We will buy more clamps as they are very cost effective as compared to cranes”.
Once a vehicle is clamped, the motorist is required to follow instruction on the sticker which is pasted on the windscreen. The motorist has to go to Sector 29 to pay fine of Rs 300 and get the receipt. Two cases of people tampering with and breaking these clamps also came up which led to legal action against these defaulters.
Questioning the move, Akshaydeep Punj, a city resident, said: “What if it’s an emergency? Sometimes situation is such that you cannot park it right.” The result of the move can be seen in many areas. Police would earlier tow away vehicles parked wrongly on roads. The department has a total of 10 recovery vans.