Next time you see a fire tender or an ambulance or even a PCR van coming up behind you, better let it pass immediately or else be prepared to get a deep hole burned in your pocket. Beginning Monday, Delhi traffic police will slap a fine of Rs 2,000 for not letting emergency vehicles pass.
A notification to this effect was issued on Saturday.
“We will inform the city dwellers about this by issuing an advisory over the next couple of days and will implement the order strictly with effect from Monday. Our chase-and-challan squad will be deployed to keep an eye on the motorists on the city roads. Besides, there will be fixed deployment of traffic police near hospitals,” said Ajay Chadha, special commissioner of police (administration & traffic).
As per the order, all emergency vehicles will ply on the extreme right lane of three-lane roads and all general vehicles will move to the extreme left lane and stop till the emergency vehicle passes. However, all two-lane roads will be exempted from this.
Failing to make Delhiites learn lane driving through education and a fine of R100, Delhi traffic police has decided to come down hard on those who do not follow lane driving.
“We tried to enforce lane driving among the city’s motorists by educating them about the importance of giving precedence to emergency vehicles, but to no avail. Then, we decided to slap a fine of R2,000 on those people who do not give precedence to emergency vehicles,” said a traffic police officer.
Traffic police had imposed a penalty of R2,000 on vehicles for entering the dedicated CWG lanes. “You cannot incorporate lane discipline among motorists unless you slap them with heavy fine. People followed lane discipline during Commonwealth Games as we had imposed a fine of R2000 for lane violation,” said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
All emergency vehicles will have to sound their sirens when on emergency duty. “If they don’t, they will not be treated as emergency vehicles,” said Chadha.