Ever heard of someone being prosecuted for parking in an authorised parking spot? Well, this is what happened to nearly 70 brand new Skoda cars.
Before they even reached their buyers, 67 Skoda cars were prosecuted for being parked in a DDA parking by the Delhi Traffic Police on Thursday. The cars’ dealer, Fahrenheit Automobiles, will now have to shell out Rs 100 as penalty for each car—a total amount to Rs 6,700.
The police action came following a video that was posted on the wall of Delhi Traffic Police’s Facebook page on Thursday. The video showed that the dealer had put these vehicles on display in a public place illegally. This public place was an authorised parking lot run by the DDA at Rajendra Place.
“The video clearly showed that the cars, which had not been issued permanent registration numbers, had been parked. The parking can accommodate about 250 cars. And such parking is illegal according to Section 41 of the Delhi Motor Vehicle Rules 1989,” said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
Section 41 prohibits the holder of a trade certificate (read dealer) from using a vehicle in a public place for any purpose barring a few like test drives, the car proceeding to or returning from a weigh bridge or to the premises of dealers, etc.
Garg said the dealer has been directed to remove these cars from the parking lot immediately, failing which a higher penalty on daily basis will be imposed beginning Friday. “From Friday, the penalty will rise to R600 for each car,” Garg added.
When contacted, a spokesperson of the company said,
“We had taken the space from the authorised parking contractor and we don’t think this is unauthorised.”
Meanwhile, the traffic police will also take up the matter with the land owning agency DDA and will ask it to take appropriate action against the parking contractor.