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Three years after ban,two-wheelers still fly on J J bridge

Three years after a ban was imposed,two-wheelers continue to ply on J J Flyover.

Written by Megha Sood | Published: April 11, 2013 2:25:55 am

Three years after a ban was imposed,two-wheelers continue to ply on J J Flyover. Surprise checks and regular anti-bike drives have not helped.

The ban was imposed in April 2010 after a spurt in accidents involving two-wheelers. Statistics show between 2005 and 2010,31 people,mostly motorcyclists,were killed and 66 injured in accidents on J J flyover.

Traffic police claimed two-wheelers might be flouting the ban but they had brought down the number of accidents on the flyover significantly.

The 2.4-km flyover from JJ Hospital to CST has sharp,accident-prone curves.

Traffic police said three constables at each end of the flyover kept two-wheelers at bay.

In a special drive on February 8,they fined 59 bikers for using the flyover.

“In a day,the constables fined 15-20 two-wheeler riders. However,many riders do not heed the constables,” said Subhash Nilewad,DCP (traffic),south region.

In the past two years,traffic police have penalised over 4,000 two-wheeler riders for plying on the flyover.

They take help of Pydhonie and Colaba police to prevent errant riders.

However,Nilewad said the constables do not take two-wheelers head-on due to the risk involved. “If a bike is spotted at one end,constables at the other are alerted and try to stop it. While some bikers stop,most speed away,sometimes injuring our personnel,” he said.

The constables complained riders sometimes charge at them at 130 kmph.

“They deliberately cut past us. Law-breakers include lawyers,journalists as well as police,” said one.

Nilewad said the riders mostly hide behind trucks or cars,making it difficult to spot them before entering the flyover. “It is not possible for police to keep an eye on the flyover 24X7. Some bikers take advantage of this,especially during non-peak hours,” said Nilewad.

Recent accidents

February 15 Naresh Naik (21) and Ashok Valmiki (22) got onto the flyover from the CST end at 5.30 pm. A flat tyre flung both off the bike,but they escaped without serious injuries. Police charged with rash driving

January 16 Freelance photographer Dhaval Ashar (25) of Lamington Road was killed after losing control of his bike and crashing into a divider near Noor Hospital. He was not wearing a helmet and succumbed to injuries at J J Hospital

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