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A ‘clampdown’ on traffic offenders

delhi Updated: May 08, 2010 00:02 IST
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After Delhi and Faridabad, the traffic police in Gurgaon have adopted the idea of clamping the wheels of wrongly-parked vehicles, instead of adopting the conventional method of towing them away.

For this, the department has tied up with a private sector company, Jammer, which will provide clamping devices imported from China and manpower to execute the project.

The clamping procedure includes jamming one of the wheels of a wrongly-parked vehicle with a device called Clamp, that renders it motionless. If the driver tries to move the clamped car, the tyre could get punctured by the nails in the device.

The company workers also paste a sticker on the vehicle, with the name and mobile number of the traffic inspector to be contacted for the release of the vehicle.

To begin with, the traffic police kicked off the project from DLF City, where they have clamped about 245 vehicles in and around Galleria Market in Phase IV since Wednesday.

“We have tied up with a company called Jammer, that has provided us 20 clamps and eight workers to undertake the clamping exercise,” he added.

“Since this is a pilot project, we have not started challaning or charging a clamping fee yet, which might be between Rs. 50 and 100,” said joint commissioner of police, Alok Mittal.

Mittal, however, cautioned that offenders would not only have to face challans under the Motor Vehicle Act, but also pay clamping charges after the project gets fully underway.

“A city like Gurgaon requires more than 500 clamps, as the problem of wrong parking is very serious here,” said Atul Nishchal, chief executive officer, Jammer.

“We have kicked off the pilot project in Gurgaon for seven days initially, after which, we will enter into a formal agreement with the Gurgaon police to launch it on a larger scale,” Nishchal added.