In a move to deter violators, those entering the bus lane along the 5.8 km Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor may have to shell out R2,000. The transport department has prepared a proposal, wherein a penalty of R2,000 will be imposed on motorists entering the bus lane, that is reserved for buses and emergency vehicles.
“We are giving final touches to the proposal. Once approved by the government, the directive will be notified,” said Delhi transport minister Arvinder Singh Lovely.
According to Lovely, 20 cameras have been installed along the BRT corridor, which has made it easier for the enforcement teams to identify private vehicles entering the bus lane. Lovely said notices would be sent at the address at which the vehicle is registered and the owner will have to pay the fine.
Senior transport department officials said special Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras, at five important junctions on the 5.8-km Ambedkar Nagar-Moolchand stretch of the BRT corridor have been installed to read the registration number of vehicles moving in the bus lane and send it to the operation control room, where the computerised system identifies the owner of the vehicle and sends him/her the notice.
“At present, violators escape with a penalty of R100. We realise that the penalty needs to hiked, to act as a deterrent,” a senior transport department official.
According to officials of the Delhi Integrated Multi-modal Transit System (DIMTS) — the agency that maintains and operates the BRT corridor for the transport department — the number of motorists violating traffic rules and entering the lanes reserved for buses and bicycles is huge.
Officials said DIMTS sends in details of more than 100 violators daily.