Next time you drive along the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor, stick to your lane. Straying into the bus lane may cost you Rs 2,000.
The Delhi government has decided to crack down on motorists straying into the bus lane on the BRT corridor.
"We have issued a notification in this regard. The minimum penalty for driving in the bus lane is Rs 2,000. The revised penalty would be applicable from Friday," Delhi transport commissioner RK Verma said.
And if you think you can break the rule and get away just because you did not spot a policeman or a transport department official along the corridor, you are wrong. Delhi Integrated Multi Modal Transit System (DIMTS), the agency that maintains and operates the corridor, has installed 20 cameras at various intersections that capture the images of the vehicles violating the rule.
"The cameras read the registration number of the 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 the notice. The violator cannot escape now," a senior transport department official said.
There are four cameras at each of the five intersections - two each for bus lane and for cycle lane. The cameras are specially designed to zoom in on the number plate of the vehicle moving illegally in reserved lane, capture the number and relay it to the control centre.
DIMTS officials said the number of motorists violating traffic rules and entering the lanes reserved for buses and cycles is huge. While cars enter the bus lane, motorcyclists can be seen driving in the cycle lane.