Thanks to the ban on currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000, there’s a chance traffic violators in Delhi can get away without paying a fine.
Delhi Traffic Police data show that fewer challans have been issued for breaking traffic rules since Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared the two currency notes illegal on November 8. In sharp contrast, the number of accidents went up in the city during the same period.
Traffic officials say people do not have enough cash to pay up. As a result, violators are either let off or asked to go to the court.
“We are also a part of the society and understand how people are managing with limited cash. At the same time, if we spot miscreants who deliberately speed and put the lives of other road users in danger, we stop them and issue fines,” said a traffic constable who did not wish to be identified.
In the first week, 3476 traffic tickets were issued. But since November 8, however, only 1237 fines have been issued.
In the first fortnight of November last year, the traffic police had issued 8201 challans. Of these, 4281 were issued between November 8 and 15.
While commuters zipped through at a high speed or cared less for traffic signals, 15 fatal accidents were reported from across the city between November 8 and 15. The number of such accidents was nine in the first week. Last year in the same period, four fatal road accidents were reported.
Traffic police deployed on roads say they are going easy on violators only till the situation becomes normal again.
Senior officials, however, said that the only change that the department has made in the process of issuing challans after demonetisation is that on-the-spot fines of over Rs 100 are converted into court challans.
“The only leniency that we are giving to violators is that if they do not have cash in hand, they can pay the fines in courts. This was basically done because people had started giving us Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes which we cannot accept,” said a senior traffic official.