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Traffic drive: end of road for ‘unfit’ wheels

The traffic police is on an overdrive to remove vehicles that are not roadworthy from city roads. Vehicles that appear ‘unhealthy’ are being stopped and booked by the police under various offences even though they may have valid fitness certificates.

Written by Deepu Sebastian Edmond | New Delhi |
October 25, 2009 10:56:55 pm

The traffic police is on an overdrive to remove vehicles that are not roadworthy from city roads. Vehicles that appear ‘unhealthy’ are being stopped and booked by the police under various offences even though they may have valid fitness certificates.

“We’ve seized 40 to 45 vehicles since October 9 for various offences. They had valid fitness certificates,but we have determined that they are not road-worthy by looking at them,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) S N Srivastava. He also added that the traffic police is considering sending the Transport Department a list of such vehicles so that they could be kept off the road in the future.

“The seized vehicles are in a terrible condition. They move so slowly that one would think they would break down in the middle of the road,” said Srivastava.

The Delhi Government Transport Department rules also mention that even if a vehicle has a fitness certificate,it can be challaned if it is not in good shape. The Transport department’s tests for six out of the 17 criteria in a fitness inspection for a commercial vehicle are visual,which means that it is well within the transport department’s powers to cancel the fitness certificates of seized vehicles.

The Delhi Police are also taking a stern view of commercial vehicles entering “no entry” zones and parking violations in crucial areas. “The violations fall under Section 115 of the Delhi Police Act and are liable for a challan of Rs 2,000. We challaned 67,469 vehicles last year and 3,895 vehicles last fortnight for the offence,” he said. The police are also looking at reallocating its cranes more evenly to tackle parking violations better. “We have issued 10,722 challans in targetted areas over three days starting Tuesday. This is in comparison with 15,616 challans given out all over the city in the same period,” Srivastava said.

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