The Mumbai Traffic police will be launching an intensive crackdown on double-parking on the city’s roads from Monday, officers told Newsline. Traffic police said while there was an earlier crackdown on illegal parking, a study conducted by them on parking patterns had later revealed that double-parking was a major problem that led to clogging of roads and traffic jams.
“We had received several complaints from commuters about vehicles that were double-parked, making their commute difficult. After conducting a study, we have decided to penalise such drivers,” said Pratap Dighavkar, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic). Officers said drivers who double-park would be penalised under ‘no parking’ sections. “As there is no separate section for double-parking, we will penalise such drivers under section 177 of the Motor Vehicles Act that pertains to parking causing obstruction,” said an officer. The offence attracts a fine of Rs.100.
In 2013, of a total of 20,20,165 cases registered for 28 different categories of traffic offences, the traffic police registered 4,58,099 illegal or obstructive parking cases and collected fines amounting to Rs 4.5 crore for the offence. Last year, parking offences were in the top five list of traffic violations after rash driving, speeding, signal jumping and lane cutting.
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“We have taken measures to minimise traffic congestion. However, the problem of double-parking was not being dealt with harshly,” said Dighavkar. Officers said double-parking of vehicles also results in narrowing of the main roads. “We had a meeting with the taxi and autorickshaw unions and decided to start the drive against double-parking,” said a traffic police officer.
The police have zeroed in on stretches of LBS Road from Kurla and Ghatkopar, the Linking Road stretch at Santacruz, Juhu and Bandra and SV Road at Malad, Goregaon and Andheri. The drive will also be conducted on roads outside Kurla and Dadar railways stations, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus and Bandra Terminus.
In South Mumbai, the roads which have been identified are the stretch below the JJ Flyover and roads outside Byculla and Lower Parel railway stations, and around Mahalakshmi junction.