UT Police’s recovery vehicle flaunts wrong helpline number

An embarrassed SSP (Traffic and Security) called up the concerned inspector and ordered him to check other vehicles.

Written by JAPJEET DUGGAL | Chandigarh | Published: July 2, 2014 4:05:52 am

A recovery vehicle of the UT Traffic Police was found displaying 1076 as the traffic helpline number on Tuesday, while the correct number is 1073. After it was pointed out, the sticker bearing the number was changed.

When told about it, an embarrassed Senior Superintendent of Police (Traffic and Security) Maneesh Chaudhry, called up the concerned inspector and ordered him to check all other traffic vehicles.

All seven recovery vehicles were checked by the police, as also the traffic police patrolling vehicles and the interceptors.  “None of the other vehicles had this error, the correct number is displayed on all of them,” said a police officer.

The officer said that Recovery Vehicle number 2, which bore the wrong number, had gone for repair about 15 days back after which a new sticker was pasted on it.

A resident said, “I saw the vehicle and tried calling on the number, but got the message that the number did not exist. Then I checked up with a friend who told me that the traffic helpline number is 1073 and not 1076.”

The recovery vehicles are used by the police for towing away damaged vehicles from accident spots to the concerned police station. In addition, people whose vehicles break down and who need help can ask for their services.

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