The state highway police would be conducting an extensive drive on the Pune-Mumbai Expressway to ensure lane discipline. The left lane is designated for heavy and semi-heavy vehicles, the central lane for light motor vehicles, and the right lane is reserved for overtaking by light vehicles.
It has been observed that several accidents on the Expressway are caused because drivers jump lanes and do not adhere to lane restrictions. DSP Madhuri Kangne of the highway police said, “We will begin the drive from Thursday. Drivers found violating lane restrictions would be fined. It is a known fact that lane indiscipline is one of the major reasons for accidents. We feel that the drive would ensure that lane restriction are followed.”
Kangne added, “We also plan to conduct a drive for overspeeding in the coming days.” At present, violation of lane restrictions attract a fine of Rs 800, while Rs 100 is charged for lane-jumping, Rs 500 for reckless driving and Rs 200 for overspeeding.
Lane restriction on the Expressway are in place after district collectors of Pune and Raigad issued notifications in 2014. It was found that out of over 11,000 accidents on the Expressway between 2006 and 2012, over 7,000 were because of lane-jumping, overtaking and speeding.