A month after 17 people were killed when a luxury bus rammed into two cars on the Mumbai-Pune expressway, 1288 cases have been registered against vehicle-owners for speeding and lane cutting on the route.
These are the people who have been caught breaking rules on camera.
As a measure to curb the rising number of road accidents, CCTV cameras have been mounted on the patrolling vans on the expressway.
The State Transport authorities confirmed that challans of penalty for the offence will be personally delivered by RTO officials to the addresses of these vehicle owners.
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Around 446 vehicles have been charged for lane-cutting and around 842 vehicle-owners have been charged for speeding. Anand Patil, RTO official from Panvel, said, “Through the recordings of the cameras, it is easy for us to record the registration numbers of vehicles flouting traffic rules. As it is not possible for them to be asked to stop mid-way, challans are sent to their homes. For vehicles beyond our jurisdiction, we send e-mails to the RTO offices concerned.”
However, only 14 of those issued challans have managed to pay their fines so far.
“We have managed to collect a fine of almost Rs14,000 in the past 15 days, since the cameras were installed. Though only a few have turned up to pay the fines, it becomes mandatory for vehicle-owners to pay them before they bring their vehicle again to any RTO. Some vehicle-owners even appreciated this initiative and assured us they would drive with complete care the next time,” Singh added.
Officials said that many vehicles, which had stopped over some trouble, were found parked in the wrong lanes.
“Commuters must understand that on the Expressway, only the first and third lanes are meant for the running of non-transport and transport vehicles respectively. With the second lane reserved for overtaking, it is only the fourth lane that must be used for parking one’s vehicles in case of trouble,” an RTO official said.
Renewal of the fitness certificates of vehicles was also another factor being looked into, confirmed officials.
“We have made a scrupulous check of fitness certificates of every transport vehicles in all RTOs mandatory. Two RTO officers were suspended last month after they were found doing a shoddy job of certifying vehicles,” said Shyam Wardhane, Transport Commissioner.