The Juvenile Justice Act is the biggest hurdle for the Delhi Police when it comes to dealing with stunt bikers. The reason: Most of these bikers are minors.
“Most of the stunt bikers are minors and we cannot book or prosecute them as the law does not permit us to do so,” said Anil Shukla, additional commissioner of police (traffic). Officials say the maximum they can do is issue them challans and drive them away.
And though stringent provisions exist in the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988, against drivers who not only endanger their lives but pose a serious threat to the safety of other road users, the police cannot apply them against these minor bikers. So they are forced to set these bikers free.
But following Sunday morning’s incident in which a biker was shot by a policeman on duty, the traffic police have decided to crack down on registered owners of bikes on which the minors perform such stunts.
“We will also seize the two-wheelers used in the stunts,” Shukla added.
The traffic police have decided to increase their presence during late night hours in the New Delhi area, where such bikers usually perform the stunts.
Nearly 200 policemen, including those from traffic police, will patrol the area. The traffic police’s chase-and-challan squad will be roped in, said a senior police officer.
“But our men on two-wheelers will not chase the stunt bikers. They will roam in the district, keep an eye on their movement and pass on information to their counterparts stationed at several strategic locations so that they can put barricades to slow down and catch these bikers,” said Shukla.
If caught, adult drivers will be dealt with sternly and booked for traffic violations such as dangerous driving, speeding, riding without helmets and triple-riding among others. Their driving licences will be seized.
Once booked, the police will request the courts to send to jail the drivers who carry firearms or drive drunk, said an officer.