Wheel clamps to help cops catch parking violators

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Nov 25, 2014 12:41 IST

Now think twice before parking your vehicle anywhere you like. Though the traffic police have suspended their tow-away drive in the city following a controversy over vehicles being damaged while being hauled away, drivers will continue to be fined for leaving their vehicles in areas other than those designated for parking. And, to help nail down offenders, they have now been equipped with wheel clamps designed to prevent vehicles that have been wrongly parked to move.

Though the traffic police were provided with 60 wheel clamps more than ten months ago they have not been used all this time. As if to make up for lost time, they conducted trial runs of the new equipment on Sunday and now plan to launch a special drive against wrongly parked vehicles in the near future after providing the necessary training on using the locks to all cops.

Assistant police commissioner Richa Agnihotri, who heads the traffic branch, said many people parked their vehicles anywhere on the street, creating problems for others, and traffic cops had to wait a long time for the drivers to return before issuing them fines.

“Often drivers deliberately delay returning to their cars and instead hang around waiting for the cops to leave to avoid fines. The cops will now attach clamps to the front wheel of a wrongly parked vehicle and will paste a sticker with the phone number of the traffic cop on duty on the windshield. The driver will have to contact him and, after the fine is issued, the wheel clamp will be unlocked,” she added.

“Traffic cops will carry a wheel clamp in their vehicles. Not only will they save time and energy, there will now be no question of the vehicle being damaged as people had been complaining when wrongly parked vehicles were being towed away,” Agnihotri said.

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