Unlike the initial days of odd-even phase I, when traffic personnel issued warnings and informed commuters about the scheme, strict action was taken against traffic violators on the first day of phase-II.
While police prosecuted over 500 persons within the first five hours of Friday and 884 people till 8 pm, only 138 people were challaned on Day 1 of the first phase.
Hours before phase II kicked off, as many as 2,000 police personnel sat through a special counseling session by deputy commissioners of police (DCPs) of the five traffic ranges.
“They have been told how to prosecute violators. If anyone misbehaves with them, they have been asked to make a video of the same on their mobile phones. As cars with children in school uniforms are exempted from the scheme, we have briefed our officers to not enter into any argument with parents and believe them if they claim they are returning after dropping their children or are going to pick them up,” said a senior police officer.
The personnel have also been asked to keep a look out for people who drive on the wrong side and confiscate their licences.
Earlier, the Supreme Court-appointed committee on road safety had granted permission to Delhi Police to seize licences of first-time offenders for three months.
They same committee had also allowed confiscating licences for offences such as speeding, jumping traffic signals and drunken driving.