The first eight days of the odd-even trial run has earned the Delhi government Rs 1.17 crore in fines, money it plans to spend on promoting cycling in the city.
“We have decided use the money collected through challans to provide a subsidy on purchase of cycles. The move is aimed at motivating people to use cycles as part of its drive to make Delhi pollution-free,” Delhi transport minister Gopal Rai said Saturday.
A committee will be set up to work out the details of the plan after January 15.
Till 8pm Friday, 5,893 errant drivers had been challaned. The revenue department, with 200 personnel enforcing the rule on the city’s roads, led with 2,912 challans. The traffic police, with a presence of 1,500-1,800, fined 2,260 drivers while 721 drivers came the transport department’s way.
The highest number of challans in a single day, 1,040, was issued on Monday — the first test of the odd-even formula when offices re-opened after the New Year break. Compliance has been encouraging, though, with the number of prosecutions coming down since then.
All through the trial run, the government has encouraged people to carpool and cycle rather than depend on public transport.