Be ready to pay heftier fines from next week if you park your car at a no-parking zone on a few select arterial roads and congested marketplaces.
The traffic police have added central Delhi’s Baba Kharak Singh Marg and south Delhi’s August Kranti Marg and Malviya Nagar to the list of areas where one has to pay Rs. 800 for improper parking instead of the existing Rs. 300.
This fine is already in place at Vikas Marg, Chandni Chowk, Dwarka, Outer Circle of Connaught Place and Ring Road since October 22. Senior traffic police officers said they are invoking certain provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act to levy heavy penalty on motorists.
“People often park their vehicles haphazardly, especially when their visit to a place is expected to be short. But these short visits cause major problems for other motorists. We have found that heavy penalty does deter such motorists,” said a senior traffic police officer.Since the traffic police is ill-equipped to tow away bigger cars such as SUVs, the motorist will be issued an illegal parking ticket of Rs. 500, which he will have to pay in court. If the driver is sitting in the car, the traffic police would issue him Rs. 500 penalty ticket instead of towing away the car.
“Right now, these penalties would be restricted to eight arterial roads. Later based on our available resources, we will impose them on other busy roads as well,” said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
As per the existing system, traffic police slap a fine of Rs. 100 for illegal parking. Rs. 200 more is charged if the car is towed away. As per the new penalty structure, the police will impose a fine of Rs. 100 under Section 177 (improper parking) and Rs. 500 under Section 179 (obstruction and disobeying lawful directions) of the Motor Vehicle Act. In addition to this, Rs. 200 more will be charged if the car is towed away.
Penalty for illegally parked two-wheelers has not been increased, a traffic officer said.
On every stretch, traffic police will deploy two dedicated cranes, chase and challan squad, and a team of traffic police headed by a head constable or a zonal officer.