Adopting a stringent stance against commuters who do not give way to emergency vehicles, Delhi Traffic police have decided to issue challans, based on videographic evidence, to violators.
The challan will set offenders back by Rs 2,000.
Come Wednesday, the traffic police will start prosecuting those not giving precedence to emergency vehicles like ambulances, fire brigade vehicles and PCR vans.
“We have formed special teams for each traffic range. Members of these teams will follow the emergency vehicles and videograph those who obstruct their movement by not giving them passage,” said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
However, violators will not be fined on the spot.
“We have decided not to stop and fine violators on roads, to avoid congestion. Our men will make video footage of violating vehicles and send challans for Rs 2,000 to the registered address, with an instruction to pay it within a week,” Garg added.
“Non-compliance of the order would lead to prosecution,” the officer said.
Simultaneously, the traffic police would also conduct dummy runs of emergency vehicles to generate awareness.
“We will inform road users about the need to give precedence to emergency vehicles. Dummy runs will start from Wednesday. For this, some major hospitals will provide us ambulances,” said Garg.
And during these dummy runs, while traffic policemen will not prosecute vehicles, they will hand over a printed advisory against future violations to commuters, said officials.