Carry your original driving licence and copies of registration and insurance papers while riding a motorcycle in the national capital or/else your two-wheeler may get impounded. Delhi Traffic Police today started concentrating on violations by motorcyclists and during a drive, 5,209 motor cycles were checked.
The drive comes in the backdrop of a rise in crimes committed by motorcycle-borne criminals in the city. "We prosecuted 1,880 people today and 15 motorcycles were impounded in absence of ownership proof," Satyendra Garg, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic), said.
"It is requested that those on motor cycles in Delhi must have DL in original, at least a copy of RC and insurance papers to prove that the persons riding are genuine owners of the vehicle," he said. Failing satisfactory ownership or suspected stolen motorcycles can be impounded by traffic police, he said, adding that from tomorrow, police is going to intensify the drive.
A rise in such crimes last year, which reversed the trend of the past three years, had prompted city police to redraw its strategy for 2011 which included identification of crime-prone zones and re-deployment of resources there. One of the strategies included extensive checkings of motorcycles as in many cases, motorcycle-borne men were found to be involved in crimes.
Also, they were using stolen motorcycles. People on motor cycles including pillion riders must wear helmets unless being in exempt category of being Sikh or women, Garg said. "Though from security point of view wearing helmet is always beneficial. Not wearing helmet if one is from exempted category may save you from prosecution, but not from injury etc if you are involved in an accident," he said.